Gamigo considers ‘quality of life improvements’ for RIFT post-Trion, but there’s little else shared

    
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Just call me angel of the morning, angel.

We’ve  heard from the ArcheAge and Trove teams about just what plans Gamigo has for those games following Trion Worlds’ apparent fire sale, and today, we’re hearing from RIFT. But the letter from the team today mostly just asks for time and patience while the devs sort it out.

“With our smaller team we’re still working out the details on what future content updates will look like,” Gamigo says. “While plans are being made for the future, we’re going to be focusing the team on implementing Quality of Life improvements for RIFT in the short term. We can’t share specifics yet because there’s still work being done behind the scenes to build a strong foundation for the future. It’s on this foundation that all future updates will be built. This includes examining the health of our shard populations and looking at ways to make sure all of our players have the best possible experience in game.”

Some players are taking this to mean the game will head to maintenance mode, under the belief that the bulk of the team was let go, but to be clear, that isn’t expressly said.

Incidentally, this week’s patch notes extended phase 3 of the Autumn Harvest festival another week.

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Jack Pipsam

Does Gamigo have any Asian interests of their own?
Perhaps a plan is to get RIFT in a state where they can export it over.

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Rottenrotny

If they wanted to bring people back they’d re-launch vanilla Rift and slowly progress through the expansions.

Hell, I’d go back and play vanilla Rift.

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They actually did that just this year.
And it failed hard, like all the other progression servers.

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Crowe

I thought it was pretty successful. However, Trion being Trion, they had made some pretty basic screw-ups that could/should have been avoided. Their inability to make a firm decision on what would happen to the characters at the end of the year (or whatever the time period ended up being) was one of the major things that caused me to drop. But I enjoyed the couple of months back in game despite the occasional stupidities. It was still pretty apparent that the Rift dev team was too small to adequately produce good content regularly on a single game much less a parallel version.

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Randy Savage

So what you’re saying is, if we want to play this game, we better do it now while we still can

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Neurotic

“focusing the team on implementing Quality of Life improvements” = fix a few bugs
“examining the health of our shard populations” = server merges
“build a strong foundation for the future” = say nothing more for months, then sunset.

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Danny Smith

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Bruno Brito

“With our smaller team we’re still working out the details on what future content updates will look like,” Gamigo says. “While plans are being made for the future, we’re going to be focusing the team on implementing Quality of Life improvements for RIFT in the short term. We can’t share specifics yet because there’s still work being done behind the scenes to build a strong foundation for the future. It’s on this foundation that all future updates will be built. This includes examining the health of our shard populations and looking at ways to make sure all of our players have the best possible experience in game.”

This is pure PR speak. There’s NOTHING of substance here.

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Danny Smith

Its a nice double speak way of saying maintenance mode without scaring the whale pods.

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Mordyjuice

So did this game ever have a point where you could play and stop feeling like this is a good place to pretend the story ended?

For example pretend some one bought WoW in a fire sale yesterday day it would be pretty clear to stop playing at the end of Legion for example.

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Malcolm Swoboda

If it’s actually many months of actual QOL improvements (ha), THE GAME REALLY NEEDS IT.

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Bullwraith

Hopefully they have someone around that can figure out how to turn off the stupid pumpkin heads (and take them out of future Harvest Fests. And while your at it please put it in your design docs to keep the kiddie stuff in Trove where it belongs and out of Rift.

Thanks.

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Leiloni

For some reason I get the idea that Gamigo is actually trying to make the game better now that they own it. From these quotes, I get the idea that they do plan on continuing development of the game, but first they’re doing polish to make the existing game better before going further. Sort of what any good gaming company would do with a game they’re proud of that can make money, but Trion hasn’t been giving RIFT the TLC it needs in recent years.

Of course we’ll see, but if they didn’t care, they would just slap a cash shop like the one it already has on there and keep it going as is. There’s no need to put more time and money into a game like RIFT unless you think you can get more out of a better version of it.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I really hope you’re right. I’d take only 2-3 substantial content updates a year if they were done with better proficiency and care.