RIFT: Beyond Infinity Update 2.4 Preview
If there’s one thing for certain in the MMO world, it’s that the RIFT development team never fails to impress with each new update they make to the game. Like all their major updates, this one is huge so let’s hop right in and get to it! Set to go live September 18th, the majority of this update is focused on a new 5-man dungeon, two new 20-man raids, and one new 2-man Chronicle.
It seems the populace of Telara can never catch a break can they? I still blame myself all those years ago when as my first day as a Defiant Ascended, I went back in time to prevent the destruction of the world. It looks like all I really did was possibly delay the inevitable. Why am I so glum? It looks like the end may be nigh upon us once again.
Inyr’Kta, the Hive Queen of the Architects is back and preparing to unleash her creations to destroy the very planes of themselves. The first thing you’re going to need to do in order to put a halt to her plans of destruction will be to grab control of the Infinity Gate. This 20-man raid will test the skills of even the best raiders. The gate works much like a Stargate. You’ll need to dial up the boss you want to pull into this plane in order to take them down. There are two battles you’ll need to complete first before gaining access to the final boss. The two can be done in any order, but both are going to be a challenge.
First up is Breaker X-1, aka Onyx. This is a prototype construct that hasn’t had all the bugs quite worked out of it. While it’s leaking radiation everywhere, part of your raid is going to need to enter his body to do battle while your companions continue the good fight from outside. Have fun with that!
The second battle you can choose is going to require a healthy dose of the three “C’s” – communication, coordination, and cajones. Why? Because you’re going up against Swarm Lord Twins Mordan and Viktus. You may know them by their aspects instead of their names though – Life and Death. You’ll be traveling back and forth between their portal realms and you’d better be listening to each other when you do for one failed spell interrupt could spell disaster from this duo.
Once you’ve beaten the construct and the brothers, it’s time to take on a Karthan juggernaut called Volan. Huge doesn’t begin to describe the size of this behemoth. For this battle, it’s time for your tanks to step up to the battlefront and take it on the chin.
Along with the Infinity Gate 20-man raid, the team has provided a new 5-man dungeon called the Realm of Twisted Dreams. Grandmaster Atrophinius’ nightmares containing his deepest fears have taken on physical form. This dungeon is for level 60 players and is expert mode only. It’s also a precursor to the next major addition to RIFT. You can read all about this dungeon and its challenges on the official site!
Next up is the new Chronicle, entitled Infernal Dawn! This is a 1 or 2 player dungeon and is the Chronicle version of the Infernal Dawn raid. In an alternate universe, Laethys was never defeated. She has spent her time gaining strength and is now planning to come into our universe to destroy it. We obviously can’t have that so you’ll be sent to her universe first in order to stop her. She’s not without her tricks so there’s a method to the madness when you find out your targets.
Maklamos the Scryer has to be taken out first and for good reason. Laethys uses his visions of the future to win all her battles and we definitely can’t have her armed with such an advantage. After Maklamos, it’s time to take out the general of her armies, Rusila Dreadblade. Hidden within the bow of her pirate ship, the Dread Fortune, you’re going to need to lure her out. Just watch out for the wild saw blades while you do!
Once Maklamos and Rusila have bit the dust, it’s finally time to take on Laethys herself. She…uh… has a thing for gold, so enjoy that. This is one battle that’s going to keep you on your toes. I won’t give away too many secrets, but we do have one piece of sage advice – don’t stand behind her. Trust me.
So! You’ve gained control of the Infinity Gate. You’ve taken care of Atrophinius’ nightmares. You’ve even gone to an alternate reality to defeat an enemy that was getting ready to come into our own universe to destroy us. Sounds like a pretty full plate to me. There’s just one more piece of this update puzzle to make it complete.
The second 20-man raid will be unlocked a week or two after the initial update goes live. When it does though, be prepared for the raid of your life. As noted on the official site, “Inyr’Kta has fled to Planebreaker Bastion, a war foundry at the heart of the Architect Empire within the Plane of Earth. There, protected by powerful thralls, she directs the construction of a doomsday automaton. Destroy Inyr’Kta and her towering construct before she can conquer the elemental planes … and our own.”
You’ll be flying through the air, battling bosses, flying through the air some more, and doing it all over again. This platform hopping, ass kicking, raid of awesomeness was a thrill to get a sneak peek at, but I’m willing to bet playing through it live will be an even bigger thrill.
After all we’ve discussed already, you’d think that would be the end of it all, wouldn’t you? Well, the team has even more than that packed into this update. I mean, come on… we are talking about the RIFT team here, right? The Autumn Harvest is right around the corner (as is Halloween). Instant adventures will now be cross-shard. There will also be new barbershop options, new PvP ranking gear, and more. To top everything off, ALL of the content in update 2.4 will be available to free-to-play players. Now that’s an update of epic levels!