Leaderboard: So, is RIFT next?

    
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Smoke on the water

Gamigo, which just bought the studio behind Wizard101 and Pirate101, cleaned house yesterday, purging multiple MMORPGs that it acquired during its past acquisitions of Aeria Games and Trion Worlds. Defiance (both halves), Twin Saga, and Eden Eternal are all on the chopping block, slated for sunset at the end of April.

These were all tiny games, and Gamigo flat-out said that they weren’t paying their own rent in the stable, so perhaps that’s not unexpected. No, what seems to have worried more people is the fact that Gamigo urged players into Aura Kingdom, Grand Fantasia, Trove, and ArcheAge. RIFT wasn’t on that list.

Personally, I don’t think panic is warranted yet. Gamigo listed only two games per side (two from the Aeria batch, two from the Trion batch), and the studio has a whole lot more games than that in its catalogue, games that are not closing down and yet didn’t get coupons. My assumption is that Gamigo picked the two biggest Aeria and two biggest Trion games for coupons. I think MMO gamers think of it as being the flagship Trion acquisition, but based on Gamigo’s update cadence for all of these games, it’s seemed clear that the money is in Trove and ArcheAge.

So if I’m worried about RIFT, it’s because it hasn’t been getting much love for a few years, not because it didn’t get a coupon.

What do you think is going on? Are you worried about RIFT? Is RIFT destined to be the next victim of Gamigo’s purge? (You can choose more than one.)

Leaderboard: Is RIFT next?

  • Absolutely, I expect the announcement is imminent. (31%, 288 Votes)
  • Probably, but not any time soon. (24%, 230 Votes)
  • Nah, I think it's probably safe for now. (8%, 71 Votes)
  • No way, I'm confident RIFT is fine. (2%, 23 Votes)
  • I am torn or have no idea what to think. (3%, 30 Votes)
  • I'm worried about RIFT, but not because of the coupon or other sunsets. (8%, 78 Votes)
  • Gamigo, damn, stop killing our MMOs. (9%, 86 Votes)
  • I'm not stressed - I'm putting all my eggs in the private/rogue server basket. (2%, 16 Votes)
  • I didn't play any of these games anyway. (7%, 64 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments!) (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Forfeit vote to view tallies. (6%, 53 Votes)

Total Voters: 830

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Omer Basaran Koc

So today CM Elariok Replied to my forum post. Seems like they cannot say yes or no for now.

http://forums.riftgame.com/general-discussions/general-discussion/514370-defiance-defiance-2050-shutting-down-rift-next.html

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Scorp Gang

Say what you will about Rift but whenever it’s mentioned it generates those Clicks. I’ve seen lots of Rift coverage in a few places this week.

I still consider Rift one of the most influential MMORPGs of All Time.

Rift’s DNA is in everything from WoW to FFXIV to ESO.

IMO the only reason Rift suffered is by having idiotic Publisher’s that called out WoW. They put themselves in a bad spot because WoW’s fanbo.. er base took it personally.

Rift had a nice clean launch. It had a much more livelier world than WoW. It had Instant Group Content with instant adventures. IT had Non-Raid Large Group Content with Zone Events. It had a post progression path system with Planar Attunment. It made AE looting a Staple. There are Rift-like systems are in just about every Major MMORPG that came after it(D3 has literal Rifts lol). It had Chronicles(you might know these as Scenarios. Guess which Came 1st😁). It had the Soul System which is a better version of FFXIV Job System(no huge quest slog involved…)

Rift was good enough to stand on it’s own. They didn’t need the smoke from Blizz fanbase.

P.S. Warhammer Boys leave me alone I know Warhammer had Public Quests but Rift really brought it into the Mainstream.

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Worldofwarcraft Mage

Sorry to burst your bubble but rift was the one that copied wow not the other way around

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Scorp Gang

What you are probably crediting WoW with are Genre Conventions established by EQ. I played WoW from Vanilla to Cata. I played Rift as a Second Game and even Raided during Storm Legion. I know what I am talking about when I say Rift’s DNA is in Everything. I’ve also Raided in FXIV and ESO. So when I say Rift’s DNA is in Everything Post-Rift I know what I’m talking about. I didn’t play these games over a weekend and dismiss them as “WoW-clones” (which is a dumb term since every MMORPG is just really iterating on a Template Set by EQ and even Meridian 59). I played through them and participated in END GAME.

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EmberStar

Since you’re actively doing so in your post: “What is up with randomly Capitalizing words for no obvious Reason?” I know it’s not a spellchecker feature. Or at least, the auto-correct I have access to actively fights against randomly capitalizing words.

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Dystopiq

We all played Rift. We all know what were talking about. Relax.

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Alatar

I played RIFT (a lot!) for years after it released, and I played Defiance a fair bit also. So, from time to time, I still log in and poke around.

RIFT is low population, but there IS a population. People chatting, I see other players running around, and so forth.

Defiance was a single player game. I was STUNNED when I encountered another player.

So RIFT will eventually get sunsetted also, but not anytime soon. It still has some players left.

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Worldofwarcraft Mage

Rift is a free to play game . If the population left in the game is not spending money then whatever population it has will not change gamigo mind to scrap it

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Matt R

I’m surprised a lot of really old, I would guess very low population, MMOs haven’t been shut down already. The genre has been dying out for a good while now. There is like a handful of decently populated ones now. RIFT may not be shut down soon, but I think we’ll start seeing a lot more shut down in the near future.

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Worldofwarcraft Mage

I hardly think it is a dying genre .ff14 ,wow ,gw2 all have decent population playing them .

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Matt R

All of the ones you listed are coming up on their 10th birthday. In the last decade, there has been almost no Western mmos able to stick around and grow.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Respect my authority.

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MilitiaMasterV

I don’t still play Rift, but it was entertaining for quite a long time. I’m sure there’s still a slew of people who are still playing it regularly. Heck, I’d even tried to go back awhile ago, but there was just so much on my characters that I couldn’t even figure out what was even going on back then. I didn’t feel comfortable trashing outfit pieces..even though the wardrobe now marks them…that I’d had to keep for reasons…probably could’ve freed a bunch of space up, and made room for stuff…but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Also would’ve had to start a new character to re-learn how to play, and my server was full. One of those ‘it would take some work’ to come back things…so I just didn’t put the effort in.

They’ll probably be fine, if there’s people like I used to be still enjoying the content.

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Ernost

Truth be told I’m surprised Gamigo kept so many of these dead games running for this long. I’d have pulled the plug on ’em years ago.

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ThePeon25

Well it would not suprise me one but bit it would be sad to see it go.

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Bruno Brito

Rogue server. Albeit i have the suspicion that if anyone would want that, we would have one already, fact is that Classic Rift was loved. I think no one should trust Gamigo with anything they like.

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Richard de Leon III

agreed, i loved rift right up to the cash shop stupidity of ptw gear then i walked out.

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SmiteDoctor

I’d argue that Storm Legion was loved too.

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Scorp Gang

Storm Legion was so good that I left WoW and started playing Rift Full Time because Cata was so bad lol

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Worldofwarcraft Mage

Storm legion was so so good . I remember cancelling my wow subscription and vowing never to come back . Funny how times have changed .rift is dying or dead and I am back on wow with shadowlands

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Sleepy

I wouldn’t bet on it seeing another Christmas.