RIFT Head Start Underway

The RIFT Website announces that the head start program for Trion Worlds' MMORPG is now underway, saying: "Head Start is here, and everyone who has pre-ordered RIFT will be able to join the fight for the fate of Telara starting at 10:00 AM PST on Feb. 24, 2011! It’s time to enter the nexus of the planes and wage war on the forces of the Blood Storm. For more information on Head Start, visit www.RIFTgame.com/headstart." In addition, Trion announces they have registered more than one million accounts for the game:
Trion Worlds announced today that more than one million accounts have been created to date, signaling a high level of interest for the company’s first massively multiplayer online game, Rift™, which is scheduled to launch March 1st in North America, March 3rd in pan-European countries, and March 4th in the UK. The news hits just as the game’s Head Start period begins, giving pre-order customers advance playtime before servers officially open on launch day.

Launching with 33 Head Start servers, Rift will feature dedicated realms for PvP, PvE, and role-playing players. Servers are live today, coinciding with the game’s Head Start period, which lasts until the game launches next week. Find the official server list on Rift’s official forums at: http://forums.riftgame.com/showthread.php?79032-Official-Rift-Server-List!&p=1198848#post1198848

Rift pre-orders are available at www.RIFTgame.com/preorder and special Founder’s Subscription plans remain available until March 15th.
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ASeven wrote on Feb 24, 2011, 19:02:
I've been hearing more and more that this may be the game that stands against WoW. Not being a MMORPG player but curious about hearing about a MMORPG that may challenge the behemoth that is WoW, anyone care to give their opinion? I've heard the game already has 1 million players into it and to be honest it would be fun to see a MMORPG finally stand firm against WoW.

I've been in the beta since beta 5. As far as gameplay, if you've played WoW or Warhammer you'll have no trouble jumping right in and getting started.

The soul tree system is interesting, it adds extra depths of character customization and talent synergy.

The rift and zone invasion events are fun as hell, and you don't necessarily have to be in a guild to reap the benefits.

The skill/spell synergy is interesting, where other abilities play off each other (similar to what WoW did with Cataclysm), however with some classes it seems as though there are too many skills with niche uses. This makes it feel a bit overwhelming, especially at lower levels, when by level 10 you might already have 10-15 different abilities, some of which are similar.

All in all I think it can be a good contender to WoW if they are able to keep up with content release. The biggest obstacle to WoW now is 6 years worth of content. Any new MMO will have to be on top of their game to keep it alive.
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