RIFT issues another progression server challenge, loses lead raid developer

    
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It’s time to play the catch-up game with RIFT, starting with this week’s new challenge by the devs to progression server players. For the next month, players are tasked with sealing 120 rifts of various types as well as completing 20 zone events to secure a “Planar Protector” title. There are new PvP and crafting challenges as well.

Moving on to team news, players discovered the Raid Lead Designer Richard “Icarus” Byon has left Trion Worlds for another opportunity. Trion confirmed the departure: “We are extremely proud and grateful of the work he accomplished for RIFT; he is a talented designer and hard worker who brought a lot to the team and Trion as a whole. We have made gains to shift resources and continue to avidly work on instance and raid content. The RIFT team has some great content that we are working on while re-positioning our cadence and development focus.”

And as Summerfest approaches, so does a new patch for the game. Over on the test server, players are getting a look at various proposed gear and class changes. Out of all of these, the Warrior is getting the most attention and will see its soul points reset when the patch goes live.

Source: RIFT, forumspatch notes. Thanks Anon!
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Bryan Turner

Do they still even make new raids, I thought they just rehashed different versions of Hammerknell and Greenscale?

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Malcolm Swoboda

Well if they have any real raid development happening, there will be a new T3 raid by the end of the year.

They may not have any real raid development, mind you.

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Danny Smith

Do they have any leads left now?

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Veldan

If the dev team’s size changed in proportion to the playerbase, there can’t be much left of it…

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Bryan Turner

I think RoughRaptors still works there, always liked that guy.

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teppic

It’s effectively in maintenance. The absolute shitshow Prime turned out to be showed they had almost no resources in it.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I wouldn’t say they’re ‘effectively in maintenance’, yet. My read of this year is that they’re attempting Prime and more gradual revision of the current Live expansion, so to temper expectations for a ‘main expansion’ next year (as more of a process than a single release).

Just my guess. I don’t think they’re done yet, but they’re at least on the drawing down. Still up to years to go, but I don’t expect active development past the early 2020s (and well at that point, I’d prefer development of a sequel anyway, but fat chance, right?).

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Crowe

They were definitely ill-prepared for Prime and the population spike and drop-off showed that clearly. I doubt they will be able to circle their wagons and analyze the clues that this experiment provided and turn those around to live.