The Daily Grind: Is there any hope for RIFT?

    
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Ugh. My heart hurts every time that my attention turns to RIFT. It’s one of perhaps six or so MMORPGs that I’ve dearly, dearly loved over the years and held up as a flexible, fun, and creative endeavor. Just a few years ago, we were enjoying a progression server, and for a brief moment, RIFT was hot stuff again.

But that’s changed, hasn’t it? Trion Worlds folded and RIFT was sold off to Gamigo, which can’t seem to figure out what to do with it. Aside from a very chatty Twitter account, there’s very little movement on RIFT — and there hasn’t been for more than a year now. While the game is running and a devoted community clings to it the way that we always do with our favorite MMOs, there hasn’t been much in the way of signs of future development whatsoever.

Is there any hope for RIFT right now, or is the best future possible an extended maintenance mode before being quietly closed? What should Gamigo do with this full-featured MMORPG?

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NeoWolf

I still find it odd, Trion burst into the scene in such dramatic fashion and RIFT was a big deal for a time and then almost as quickly the game and the company seemed to lose favour and in all honesty, I’m still not entirely sure why.

I guess as a genre we really are pretty fickle :)

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Tom De Laet

I suggest watching Nerdslayer’s video on it if you are interested in knowing what exactly happened. https://youtu.be/k2ZfoL10PXg

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Crowe

IMO, it was great for a while but the favorite people I played with started to drop off after the F2P conversion. We played with a lot of people who had worked really hard to get where we were (in game, geared, progression raiding, whatever) and now there were a bunch of new folks who felt like they were entitled to be carried through and geared up to be on par.

I detested the second expansion (underwater) but loved the third expansion… but it was incomplete at launch. So every time I returned, something drove me back off again. :)

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Luciano Antonio

Until the servers are shut down, I still have hope. This game was the MMO I played the most in my life. This game is one of the best games I have ever played in my life. It has the best system of attributes and skilltree. PVP was not the focus, but it was fun. Conquest too. Sad to see the current situation of a game that still surprises me for having beautiful graphics, incredible soundtrack and unique mechanisms never seen in other MMOs.

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Jack Pipsam

I somehow doubt they’re going to close it anytime soon, but I’d be sceptical of any sudden massive investment into it either.

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Sorenthaz

Probably not.

Best hope would be for them to at least release server code or something so we could see some emulators.

Unfortunately the game was pretty much doomed to be dragged down to the depths by Trion’s failures with their later titles not named Trove or ArcheAge.

Wish there was a Chocolate Rift/Storm Legion emulator in the works, but guessing there probably isn’t since Rift was fairly niche.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Rift was my main game for quite awhile. I’m the world’s slowest leveler because I like doing a lot of the side things MMOs offer. But eventually, I got to the higher level zones and the new expansion (back then) and really didn’t enjoy it.

The things that turned me off were the entirely macro-driven builds and the ancient approach to needing food and water to restore your basic resources entailing too much down time and silly time/gold sink. These two things took much of the fun out of the game for me. I went back about 3 years ago, found nothing had really changed, and haven’t touched it since.

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Paragon Lost

Ditto, that was my opinion/experience as well.

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Castagere Shaikura

They need to overhaul the low-level zones. The rifts that pop up are all over the place with no one closing them. The mobs overrun the quest outpost all day long. I swear there is a rift open ever couple hundred yards apart. They need to either get rid of them or make them soloable and quicker to close. The game is not going to get any new players with their business model either. The last time I played which was a few months ago the only other players I saw were in the main city hub. The world is so empty.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Can they actually (basically) finish this expansion? Can they release a proper ‘Classic’ server? Can they do that Archeage changeup?

If none of these, this year (2021 seems too late), then there’s no hope and I’ll only pray that some interested parties are secretly working on a RIFT Classic private server from leaked code or something.

2011-2012 I was a very active player, 2013-2014 I was still fairly active, 2015-2016 I dropped off but still cared to play sometimes, but 2017-2018 they largely lost me and 2019-2020 is the last shot I’ll even consider them.

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Aldristavan

I haven’t played Rift with any regularity since the progression server was shut down. Because Gamigo does not seem interested in being a game developer, I’m not interested in giving them my money. Very sad.

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Winter

unfortunately as much as I loved Rift and it’s aesthetic it wasn’t sticky enough for me. I found the story and lore not well developed compared to say WoW or Warhammer or well a few others.

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Greaterdivinity

I hate saying it, but no. If there was a chance it was in the year after they acquired most of the Trion stuff, but all we appear to have seen them work on is bugfixing and monetization.

I’ve long since given up hope that Rift would start seeing some actual investment again. TBH I’m surprised they’re even keeping this and Defiance (well, both versions of that!) alive.

At least they’re living up to their reputation of the publisher that buys dying games to squeeze the last few ounces of blood from their playerbase before shuttering : /

Can’t even blame them for this one, Trion put the game on this path many years ago. This is just the depressingly predictable outcome.

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Sorenthaz

The thing that really disappoints/annoys me with Rift is that it wasn’t even Rift’s fault or lack of success that caused its downfall – it was Trion’s f-ups with everything else (outside of Trove) that doomed it.