Updated Tue, May 14, 2013 by Martuk
Yet another MMORPG drops its subscription requirement next month as Trion Worlds takes RIFT free-to-play. Starting on July 12th, players will be able to log into RIFT for free with an optional subscription. The new model will include the addition of a new in-game microtransaction store that will contain boosters, mounts, and cosmetic items. The conversion will also include Loyalty Rewards for RIFT players.
If you currently subscribe or plan to after the conversion, Trion will be adding a host of benefits for you. These include new Daily abilities, which can grant buffs to experience, currency, and notoriety gains as well as other benefits.
RIFT will also be adding a new in-game currency known as REX, which can be used to purchase items in the in-game store but can also be traded between players. So if you need some extra coin, you can trade some REX.
The free-to-play conversion will be accompanied by RIFT’s 2.3: Empyreal Assault update, so expect to see both go live on June 12th barring any delays. You can learn more about RIFT’s upcoming free-to-play change in the latest letter from Creative Director Bill Fisher and via the Free-to-Play page.
Trion Responds to Community Demand; Trion’s Proven MTX Engine to Power Free-to-Play RIFT
Redwood Shores, CA (May 14, 2013) RIFT®, the award-winning online game from Trion Worlds, will adopt a free-to-play business model starting June 12, 2013. Players will be able to experience the entire game world; every dungeon, every zone, and every level and get full access to all current and future game updates.
“We have been listening to feedback from our players and watching the continuously developing MMO community, and are now ready to launch RIFT as a premium free-to-play experience,” said Bill Fisher, Creative Director of RIFT. “After taking our time and planning a careful transition; we are very excited to bring an enhanced game experience to everyone, without barriers.”
All players will be able to explore the entire world of Telara for free and will have access to the expanded in-game RIFT Store where a variety of services--mounts, boosts, wardrobe items, and more--will be available for purchase. An optional subscription will still be available that grants a slew of “Patron” benefits and bonuses to maximize the RIFT experience. Trion will celebrate its current and previous subscribers with loyalty and currency rewards for their time spent playing RIFT thus far.
“As a gamer’s game, a super fun and fair experience is of the utmost importance to us,” said Fisher. “Players will have the opportunity to buy customizations and boosts to heighten their play experience; however the best gear in the game will always have to be earned through playing RIFT.”
RIFT free-to-play kicks off with massive content update 2.3, Empyreal Assault, which will open up an unforgettable new zone, world event, chronicle and much more. Empyreal Assault launches on June 12th, 2013 for all Ascended of Telara.
For full details on RIFT F2P visit: www.riftgame.com/free