RIFT prematurely ends its progression server run

    
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While progression and legacy MMO servers are fairly popular these days, RIFT is putting an end to its Prime server before it was able to complete the full run, having made it through only its first of three expansions, Storm Legion.

Considering the massive changeover from Trion Worlds to Gamigo last year, it’s not a huge surprise to see that the game’s new owners and smaller team are not interested in keeping this progression server going.

RIFT Prime will shut down at midnight on March 31st, and all of its characters will have the opportunity to transfer to regular live shards in North America thereafter. In addition, Gamigo is giving any characters who reached level 50 on Prime a free level 65 booster and one million loyalty. Gamigo said that it won’t be able to transfer guilds, however, and any naming conflicts will result in the Prime refugees having to assume a new moniker.

The fantasy MMO is currently celebrating its 8th birthday this month.

Source: RIFT
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Feyd Darkholme

If I’m honest; it was a waste of resources from the word go. They were trying to get a jump on WoW’s vanilla server idea, but they didn’t realize that there was no broad desire for a vanilla Rift server. Getting rid of it is a great idea, but they never should have had it in the first place.

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Gadgets-4G

If?

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Armsman

So…DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM? ;)

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Mallus

Correct me if I’m wrong but you can play the full version of the game for free (FTP) or a time gated experienced nerfed version of the game with a subscription only. I wonder which most people will choose?

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Bel

They probably don’t have the staff to support both the live and Prime servers. I wonder if they’ll make a similar move with Defiance and Defiance 2050.

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Diego Lindenmeyer

when you see the prices they ask to be able to play on that “Prime” server, you understand why.

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Jack Pipsam

Big Oof.

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Matt Genaro

Hope Vanilla WoW survives a little longer.

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Rottenrotny

Kind of a no brainer, whereas this was iffy at best.

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seculaparsec

The only good thing about Rift is the fairly innovative spell / class combo system… everything else in this mmo is garbage.

Theres a reason its dead.

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Veldan

You’re clueless and I feel sorry for what you’ve missed out on

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Roger Melly

if you really think that you clearly never played it much .

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Rottenrotny

Rift was brilliant at launch. They had a lot of great ideas.

Optional level scaling, complex and great variety in class talents, non-instanced open worldy zones, world PVP, zone events…

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Fisty

Only the first month or two of progression was fun.

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A Dad Supreme

Welp…

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