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RIFT Sells Nearly 1 Million

Gamasutra speaks with Trion Worlds' SVP of publishing David Reid about the launch of RIFT, their fantasy-themed MMORPG. He tells them that the game has sold nearly a million copies in three months of availability, stressing that this figure represents sales, rather than units shipped to retailers, and that they have something "special" planned for their one-millionth customer. He also implies that they have taken a bite out of Blizzard's mammoth World of Warcraft business:

"We're really pleased with what we're seeing. And beyond that, it was a pleasure to see that in the latest Activision Blizzard earnings call, they inquired about Rift when Blizzard announced that their subscriber numbers went from 12 million to 11.4 million," he said.

"You can do some math... we know very well where those 600,000 people are," he said coyly.

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21. Re: RIFT Sells Nearly 1 Million Jun 8, 2011, 14:31 Shagwood
 
Tumbler wrote on Jun 8, 2011, 12:50:
After being in a wave of the beta...don't set your expectations too high.

Did you play any pvp? Where there any open battle areas that could capture the scale of combat shown in the video clips? The latest one is a bit more accurate to the gameplay, only a handful of players around.

But those first 2 video clips showed dozens of players on each side fighting. Jedi vs Sith brawl and the republic troopers attacking the sith on Alderaan, anything that comes close to that type of experience?

All the clips I've seen show this game as a little group of 3-4 running around battling a handful of enemies then moving to the next handful of enemies.

Does it ever break out into a battlefront style massive free for all where people can just do whatever they want and have fun?

The raid gameplay clip they showed had a dozen (?) or so players heading into battle but it seemed they were just all running at AI's?

I did not try out the PvP part of SWTOR. I lasted about 2 weeks out of over a month of available time in beta. And I don't know where the NDA stands as of now...so I will say ...the combat system in PVE is extremely repetitive and boring. it's WoW with lightsabers IMO. Now I played WoW from release until about 6months ago....so I'm not bashing WoW..but it's time for something new and fresh don't ya think? Like I wanna feel like I felt the first time I played EQ. I know that's not going to happen most likely...(older, more jaded etc etc) but come on...it is still a bunch of "Hello random NPC, Hello Player, Go collect me 25 thingies, OK NPC brb. rinse repeat.

That's another thing....being a Star Wars fan... it doesn't feel very Star Warsy imo....I mean I dunno what they could do diff in an MMO setting and make something feel Star Warsy ... But they might as well just made it a generic Space MMO and it would have helped it in my eyes....

Anyways... mine is just one opinion ...take it as you will....
 
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