Trion Worlds rallied the RIFT troops to tie the knot in-game on Valentines Day for a chance to set a Guinness World Record for the most virtual marriages in a 24 hour period. As it turns out, they have succeeded. According to a new press release, 21,879 couples took their vows over the 24 hour period using the new Wedding system introduced to RIFT with the 1.7 Carnival of the Acended update.
The record has been officially recorded to the Guinness World Records and will be considered for inclusion in the 2013 edition of the Guinness World Records Gamers Edition. All players that took place in the event will receive a new in-game title to add to their collection The Avowed.
No word yet on whether or not RIFT will also set a record for most in-game divorces. Check out the official press release after the break for more.
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Trion Sets New Guinness World Record for In-Game Marriages in 24 Hours on Valentine's Day
21,879 marriages took place in RiftTM on Valentines Day, setting the Guinness World Record® title for most in-game marriages in 24 hours
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. Feb. 16, 2012 Trion Worlds, the leading publisher and developer of premium games for the connected era, announced today that players of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), Rift, set the world record for the most in-game marriages in a 24-hour period. Officially recorded for the Guinness World Records Gamers Edition®, 21,879 marriages were confirmed between 9am PST, Feb. 14 and 9am PST, Feb. 15.
Guinness World Records will log the marriages and the record will be considered for inclusion in the 2013 edition of the Guinness World Records Gamers Edition. All participating players will receive the unique in-game title The Avowed, and hopefully snapped some wedding images to share with their children.
Establishing this record was a monumental achievement for our development team and community of passionate players, and I couldnt be more proud, said Scott Hartsman, Executive Producer on Rift and Trions CCO. Ascended Weddings were a great way to lift the veil on Rifts new Gatherings feature, social experiences that bring players together in new and interesting ways. We look forward to expanding this great new gameplay element in the always-evolving world of Telara.
Gaz Deaves, Gaming Editor for Guinness World Records, said Its great to see the seeds of love blooming in virtual worlds, and particularly impressive to see so many gamers getting together to say their vows for one event like this. The evidence submitted was of a very high standard and we even witnessed some of the ceremonies ourselves, so this achievement will definitely be considered for the next Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition.
Rift introduced the in-game marriage feature with its latest content release, Carnival of the Ascended, the seventh major update introduced by Trion since Rift launched in March 2011. Rift has seen more than one million activations since launch, and Trion has revealed that the title broke 100 million dollars in revenue in under a year. Also launched with the Carnival of the Ascended update was Rift Lite, which enables anyone with a Trion account to access Rift with no time or cost restrictions up to level 20. Play for free at www.riftgame.com/RiftLite.
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