Thirty days into one of the smoothest launches in MMOG history, the
team at Trion ups the ante with the first major content patch of their
new title. Rift
launched with more content than any other new game ever had, and the
content team flexed its collective muscle by introducing The River of Souls
patch so quickly. With such an ambitious and robust amount of
additions, tweaks and fixes we will spend the next few weeks looking at
the major points of the patch. We start our overview of patch 1.1 with
some of the biggest additions and fixes, next week we will continue
with a look at the changes made to the souls of Rift
The most dynamic of the content unveiled in the patch, The River of Souls
helps to flesh out the story of Alsbeth; a formerly highly revered
Guardian Ascended who’s betrayal helped sow permanent discord between
the factions and made her one of the most important players among those
loyal to Regulos. Not content to rest on her laurels, Alsbeth is up to
even more nefarious work with her group: the Endless Court.
invades Telara! This worldwide event for all present-day Telara zones
and level ranges culminates in the opening of the River of Souls raid
The invasion is taking place in stages and revolves around Alsbeth’s
desire to somehow corrupt or capture energies from the pipeline that
carries the fallen souls of Telara. The first stage was unlocked the
patch was released, with subsequent stages set to roll out over the
next few weeks.
and rewards are
available for characters of all levels!
Even players as low as level seven can conceivably earn rewards and
help to turn the tide against Alsbeth, with rift events and invasions
occurring in every zone.
new World Event UI
keeps you up-to-date on current and future event progress. Check it out
to see where your server stands in the fight against the Plane of Death.
Appearing just above your quest tracker, and with a similar look and
feel, this interface device works well to help sever as a visual guide
to the current state of affairs. It would be nice to see a
bit more detail here, but given the nature of the invasions
and the desire of most players to keep their interface uncluttered, it
works pretty well.
Meridian and Sanctum offer currency rewards for special vendors,
including limited-time items only available during this event.
Quest Hub in Meridian
Located near the porticulum are several NPCs that give single and daily
quests, as well as a vendor that offers some vanity pets and class
specific rings. You will need a special currency known as Otherworldly
Sourcestone to purchase these items. Completing the daily quests, in
addition to participating in the world events will net you plenty over
the course of the event.
The inclusion of in-game Twitter feeds and screenshots for achievements
helped tie the game well to the social media aspect of MMOGs, but the
addition of in-game YouTube functionality takes it to a whole new
level. Spurred on mainly by meme creators, the number of game related
videos on the popular video site has gone through the roof in recent
years. Adding this aspect to the game really puts Trion on the cutting
edge of community builders in the genre.
can record video through RIFT up to 3 minutes in length. If you
add a YouTube account through the Settings menu, RIFT will
automatically upload videos to that account!
/record or press CTRL+Y to start recording. Use it again to stop!
icons next to the minimap show when video is recording and
encoding is complete, you will have the option to upload if you
have attached a YouTube account.
The River of Souls is a dynamic
event that touches many aspects of gameplay
merging your group with another public group, you can now
un-merge it! Look for the menu option to Unmerge Group if you were the
party leader of a group that has been merged.
the loot bug where only the tank could get mob loot.
artifact nodes now have a consistent 1.5 second gathering time.
can now accept a quest on behalf of your guild even if your
personal quest log is full.
members cannot be promoted while offline.
a group disbands after killing a mob with loot that would
otherwise trigger a roll, that loot is now free-for-all.
for quickly opening a series of clickable loot (such as geodes
for gems) with auto-loot that would occasionally result in lost items.
Announcements now stay on-screen for twice as long.
are now Raid Rift daily quests! See Abbess Katia in Sanctum or
Raj Tahleed in Meridian. These award Inscribed Sourcestone which you
can use to buy all sorts of cool things.
Having tons of content is a good thing, having tons of content with
dangling carrots of tangible rewards is a *great* thing. While some
players may decry any sort of currency based vendor loot as “welfare
epics”, they allow goal oriented gamers the ability to prioritize their
playtime and set attainable goals for themselves.
Flight and Mighty Leap will not interrupt movement when used
(auto-run or holding down a movement key).
One of those trivial things that bothered me, and while I
know minor issues shouldn’t be major complaints – the devil is in the
multiple status updates going to Twitter during important
Once again Trion fights spam at its source – oh the irony.