The RIFT website
word that the promised free-to-play era has begun in Trion Worlds' MMORPG.
Here's word on the change and the new version of the game just went
Redwood Shores, CA (June 12, 2013) RIFT®, the award-winning MMORPG
from Trion Worlds, is now entirely free-to-play with no trials, no tricks, and
no traps. Players around the world can Build their Perfect Class, engage titanic
bosses in Massive Dynamic Battles, achieve greatness through epic dungeons and
raids, and so much more – all without a subscription. The new era of truly
free-to-play gaming has dawned on Telara!
“The aim is to keep free and paid players on the same level — this is not
pay-to-win,” said Bill Fisher, Creative Director of RIFT. “Players will see key
differences between RIFT and other MMOs that have adopted free-to-play: we don’t
restrict content, and we don’t offer pay-to-win items.” There are no
restrictions on levels or content for registered free players; the entire world
is open to explore and conquer. The expanded in-game RIFT Store offers thousands
of items and services – from faction changes to mounts, pets, boosts, and much
more – but the best gear must be earned in-game. For those looking for the
ultimate RIFT experience, a subscription is available that offers a suite of
awesome “Patron” benefits.
Update 2.3: Empyreal Assault is a huge update featuring a massive new zone
(Dendrome), 10-player raid, Chronicle, open-world raid bosses, game performance
improvements, and more! Play your way in RIFT as the Ascended face the Architect
swarms consuming the Dendrome, and celebrate new freedoms with Atrophinius and
his merry Satyrs in the whimsical town of Hailol.