Trion Worlds the developers of Rift have announced that Rift will be going to free-to-play in June and will allow players to experience the entire game and get access to all past and future game updates. Think of it as a very long demo as many things will still need to be bought with real money.
Bill Fisher the Creative Director said: “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, after taking our time and planning a careful transition; we are very excited to bring an enhanced game experience to everyone, without barriers.”
Rift Free-to-Play Developer Diary.
All players will have access to the world of Telara for free. To support the move to free-to-play a new in-game store will be made available where a various of services such as mounts, boosts and cosmetic items can be bought.
The old subscription model will still be available but now will grant new “Patron” features and bonuses. Trion Worlds will also reward its current and previous subscribers with different types of rewards depending how long they have played the game so far.
Rift’s free-to-play option will be made accessible to everyone with Update 2.3: Empyreal Assault which arrives on 12th June. It features a new zone, world event and much more. Read the official FAQ here for more information about the move to free-to-play.
I got my Dwarf to level 50 when the game first came out. I am unsure if I will ever come back to the game to play as a new character or to carry on my adventure through Telara.
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