“It was as if a million voices at once said ‘Meh.'”
~ poster on the RIFT forums
Now that we’re safely out of the first month of post-launch insanity, hopefully we can restore some of the balance of discussing both good and bad aspects of RIFT without being labeled as a “hater” or “fanboy.”
I have to say, however, we’ve just seen Trion fall flat on its face, and it wasn’t pretty.
Personally, I really love the idea of world events. I think it’s going to be one of the defining features of RIFT — if and when they get them running right. This one? Intriguing build-up and an absolutely, stunningly disappointing conclusion.
We’ve been weeks into phase one of the River of Souls event, marked by special rifts (with their own mechanics), ominous signs in the sky, and special rewards. All was well and good, but everyone wanted to see what would happen next.
First, Trion delays phase two for a week because of technical difficulties. Today, when the event was scheduled to go live, it was over — both phase 2 and 3, if reports are true — before most people could even log in.
Crippling queues hit Faeblight, the server I’m on, up to 8+ hours of wait. Part of the problem is that Trion also scheduled this to be one of its free weekends, so there were tons of potential players trying to squeeze in as well.
Me? I couldn’t even log in. I have no idea what the event was, other than it’s over.
Awesome. Better luck next time!