RIFT just launched a mount datamined back in 2018 – and it’s in a lockbox

    
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RIFT players’ eyebrows are sky-high at the moment thanks to the addition of a new random mount in the Regulos Brooding Supply Crate lockbox launched yesterday after being teased last week. It’s the first new lockbox in the game since 2017. The mount was first datamined by The Ghar Station back in February of 2018, if that gives you any idea how long these assets have been sitting around waiting for an entry into the game.

It’s fair to say RIFT has seen tumultuous times over the ensuing year and a half, of course; following the introduction of RIFT Prime progression server last year, Trion Worlds folded entirely, its assets and MMOs snapped up by Gamigo. But Gamigo then reduced RIFT’s dev team, canceled RIFT Prime, and added a separate paid battle pass on top of the game’s existing optional subscription. In spite of hints about “future content releases,” there hasn’t been any new non-seasonal or non-Prime core content since the Bastion of Steel raid added in 2017, and even prior paid mounts were buyable directly in the cash shop, not part of random lockboxes.

There’s a little bit of good news this month, however; while Gamigo had originally noted it was aiming to merge RIFT’s servers and effectively terminate the game’s PvP server, a week later the studio changed its mind, telling players it would be keeping the Bloodiron PvP server and changing up which EU shards would be merged.

Players of Gamigo’s games may also be interested to know that the studio announced new hires this week, specifically a pair of marketing folks from My.com and Mail.ru, who’ll be heading up marketing, PR, and community management for the company.

Source: Official site, The Ghar Station. Thanks, Anon!
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squid

Gotta get that sweet, sweet lockbox money before they get outlawed.

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lokoma

all the can seem to do now is mounts and lockboxes
must be so sad to be a rift player

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Malcolm Swoboda

There were a lot of things coming up: at least one raid, a combat-companion system, more storyline, maybe more dungeons, whatever. But so far? Tweaks to events (some welcome, to be clear) and Battle Pass. In half a year. Woooo. (I am not returning until faith returns)

EDIT: Wait, wrong. They at least released a dungeon!

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terminallynerdy

I am sorry but…no. Just no. RIFT is a mess and I dont see it getting better at all at this rate 0_o

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maydrock .

Great game….at launch

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Angel

I’m really sad about Rift, I honestly think they ruined the game by going f2p. It was a great game before that and I had a great time with it. I loved their soul system and the artifact hunting. But now I feel like it’s a sad shadow of a promise of something that could have been a great game.

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Greaterdivinity

After some initial optimism given the fact that they were working on a new dungeon, the first proper content for live servers in over a year, I’m giving up hope at this point. gamigo seems like they’re still a place where games go to live out their final days before being unceremoniously sent off to die in a flaming longboat.

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zaber

As for me I would like them to stop doing lockbox but if people keep buying they will keep selling them. I will still play rift support them in other ways then in lockboxs. It is hard dropping lockbox now will not make them more money with out some other way to get people to spend on a game. That people feel everything should be free and not gated or a grind with out paying in to keep the game alive.

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Kevin Smith

Is anyone surprised to see stuff like this coming when Gamingo took over. The world is pushing back against loot boxes so what is the logical thing to do add new stuff to loot boxes. I will be honest at this point I would rather see every developer that uses this type of thing just shut down. If you want people to buy things just put them in the store, don’t give me some random chance to get it when I spend real money on it. Let me fix that, I will not spend money on a random chance. It is really sad to see what gaming has devolved into over the past 20 or so years.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Of course it is in a lockbox. The deal is Gamingo keeps the game alive, but they will always be looking for ways to milk it for more revenue. That is the way it is going to be. At least it is still there to play if you want, but I don’t expect any news going forward is going to make us happy.

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Malcolm Swoboda

It wouldn’t be the most desired, but I’d be on RIFT private servers easily.

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taradyne

Been playing Rift since just before Storm Legion went live and this gives me a sad. This game has a lot going for it but I’m worried for the long term.

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Reht

Yeah, i really enjoyed my time in RIFT, wish things had gone differently.

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camren_rooke

The same.