Gamigo tells MMO players ‘the development of RIFT hasn’t stopped’

    
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Why Is Trion Like This, Just Kidding, We Actually Know

It’s been a nail-biting year for RIFT players following the collapse of Trion Worlds and the sale of the game over to Gamigo. There’s a palpable fear that the new owners might abandon RIFT, a fear that was stirred up on the forums lately from a player who claimed that others’ negative criticism of Gamigo was killing development.

In response to this thread, Gamigo’s community manager said that RIFT is still moving forward: “The development of RIFT hasn’t stopped due to the criticism of the players — constructive or otherwise. While our development team is hard at work and reading your feedback, we ask that you don’t spread false information like this.”

While there hasn’t been a lot of visible development on the game, it should be noted that RIFT isn’t quite as dead as some have made it out to be. The community team (which is highly active on Twitter) just wrapped up a player costume contest, the forums get a lot of response from Gamigo, and patches have been happening. Of course, what everyone wants to know is if and when there will be significant new content — and other than vague promises, Gamigo hasn’t produced any yet.

Source: RIFT forums

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Holyroller12

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Since this article is a copy/paste from mmorpg.com I’m just going to paste my comment from there as well:

I’m sure plenty of people won’t care as their opinions are pretty set in stone. Rift and Trion certainly has earned many of the criticisms and it’s absolutely not in the best state these days, but this article seems rather odd. You don’t see Rift get covered unless something -actually- big happens and it’s more often the case that someone directly asks them to cover something which is what sounds like happened here. (I could be wrong).

The person who created the thread posted on the community discord his “Proof” of what the PM actually said: https://imgur.com/xDtMiAj
Now… I don’t know how -anyone- can read that and translate it to community managers telling developers to stop working on the game. It clearly says to direct bug reports to the appropriate bug report forum or to relay it through the community managers themselves instead of directly bothering devs who are focusing on other things (take that as you will). The thread was closed because he clearly misunderstood, but went on to post false information anyway. This article only helps perpetuate that.

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Bree Royce

This article was actually published the day before theirs and is not “copypasta” from that site (timeline for reference). Ours is also more than twice as long. The accusation is both rude and demonstrably incorrect.

The rest of this comment seems confused as well as spammy since you’re admitting to posting the same thing to multiple comment sections, in this case to ours where it’s not even relevant. We’re not promoting the original miscommunication; it’s precisely the opposite. We’re quoting Gamigo to demonstrate the studio’s commitment to the game.

Edit: Our writer found the forum thread himself by reading the RIFT forums. If we source an article from somewhere else first, it is our journalistic policy as well as good manners to credit a via or tipster, as you can see from many of our articles.

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Drago

Gamigo are as bad as Trion worlds. I wont be playing another of their games.

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Omer Basaran Koc

As a loyal player still I had to clear some stuff first.

First of all they are saying those stuff like a year but what we got is small changes, they didnt increase the team size, CM’s are changing like every 3-6 month we dont even know why.

Population wise EU server is dip NA is trying to survive, raider guilds are gone even RP players. Population is Mostly Dimensioneers and loyal players. I even sended a message to massively OP about current situation of rift seems like nobody read or didnt care..

Anyway guys they are giving empty promises and lying mostly. You can ask me question in game when I’m on.

Darkageman@Typhiria.

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Michael Landstreet Jr

Rift had been my absolute favorite MMO since vanilla. Feels weird saying goodbye but the content drought has been going strong for 3 years and you can only level and gear so many alts. Maybe I’ll check it out again if something new happens but I’m enjoying wow classic quite a bit.

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NeoWolf

I think it is fairly safe to safe if you have to reassure your customers that development has in fact not ceased on your game that development on your game needs to UP its schedule somewhat lol

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Sargonnax

Rift was a good game and something I tried back on day one expecting nothing that would keep my interest, but I was pleasantly surprised and ended up playing the first 4.5 years or so. The original game and development team was really good, but it only went downhill from there. The company changed, the atmosphere changed, and F2P only made the game worse over time even though it may not have survived if it had not done that. Unfortunately they also had to be compared to WoW, sometimes unfairly, but WoW was a game with more players and far more content so most people I knew would end up back in WoW. I really miss the original Rift before F2P, before the layoffs, and the content droughts. That game was better than WoW as far as I’m concerned. Rift now is a sad shadow of what it once was and I have zero confidence that any real expansion will ever come again. If they are really working on something they should let the players know what it is even if it’s only in general terms for now. The only thing it looks like they are doing is milking the dying corpse of a once good game with updates consisting of mounts and other minor things that can be monetized. Bring some excitement back to the game. Give the players a major content update of some kind and show everyone that Gamigo is committed to really supporting the game.

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Crowe

Yeah, Rift before the F2P was loads of fun.

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Coolit

Yup, for people who didn’t mind supporting the game f2p was the beginning of the end and the way the store was integrated just made the who experience all about pushing people to the cash shop in a non-subtle way. I played from beta 5 all the way until f2p and left because of the way the game was heading.

If only they had invested in improving the game and not jumping on the f2p bandwagon it could have been one of the best mmos out.

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teppic

The game has been pretty dead since it finished the first expansion. That’s when most of the players quit, and certainly in the last 4-5 years it’s been almost entirely maintenance only, with Trion just milking the remaining population with lootboxes until Gamigo bought them out.

A bit of token stuff here and there will probably keep the players happy, since they’ve still not quit after all this time. That’s all it’ll ever be though.

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Feyd Darkholme

In game events have been running, AND they added several new items to acquire through gameplay to each holiday as well. I know huge MMOs that don’t do that anymore (looking at your WoW)! Yeah there’s no huge expansion looming,but they have been doing things and in some cases even more than the big guys. I definitely want to see more larger content additions of some kind, but the game isn’t dead. People are playing.

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Coolit

if only they did a proper sub only classic version of rift I’d be all over it.

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Crowe

They did. And it ended. Not sure whether there was just not enough $$ coming in for that to try another or expanding it or what.

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Coolit

Prime was absolutely nothing like chocolate rift sadly, it was a half baked “quick fix” using the live game mechanics.

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zaber

Would not be worth it the money. Look at Prime how much time it sucked away from live. Would never made it out the door how much time and money they would spend to classic and get little back. I don’t disagree with you, I know people would love seeing a real classic of Rift.

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BetterTax

Meanwhile Defiance hasn’t been touched in months.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I’m just baffled on how at least one of the versions hasn’t been shut down yet. I cannot believe both are more profitable on their own than Atlas Reactor was.

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Jeremy Barnes

I feel like this is one of those situations where it costs money to shut something down so just let it limp on for awhile.

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teppic

It probably costs almost nothing to run as it was published and developed by Trion and has been in maintenance since. Servers are super cheap, so as long as the few players left keep buying those lootboxes to progress I doubt there’s any reason for them to shut it down.