Dang, I guess it was a really, really good time to hop back on board the RIFT train. Today Trion announced the game’s first expansion, Storm Legion, and it looks like an insane doozy. It’s coming this fall, which gives me more than enough time to get my little Cleric up to spec.
There’s just so… much… to absorb with this expansion:
- Two new continents that will “triple” the game’s size and content
- Player and guild housing
- Level cap increase to 60
- 4 new souls (one for each calling)
- Tempest Bay dual-faction city
- 7 new dungeons
- 3 new raids
- 1 new Chronicle
- Massive colossus battles
- New crafting tier
- Lots more of the existing stuff (rifts, mounts, artifacts, etc.)
I’m seriously, seriously impressed, because all this is being developed on top of Trion’s already hectic update publishing process. From everything I hear, the game’s doing quite well for itself in the post-SWTOR industry (one news site said that the game has over a million active subs, but I haven’t seen confirmation of that anywhere else — seems a tad high).
As a returning player, what interests me the most is the new soul, the horror-themed continent, and (of course) player housing. At this point, RIFT will have implemented pretty much every wish list item I’ve had for that game since launch — and it makes a lot of its contemporaries look stodgy in comparison. Player housing! Seriously!
It’s kind of funny watching twitter explode over this, like people are just rediscovering this game exists and remembering how awesome it is. I feel a little bad for SWTOR (“hey guys! We’re going to do an instance finder! Guys? Guys?”), but I think BioWare’s already feeling a fire under its feet to get new content out quicker.
This fall is going to be oh so crazy. With LOTRO and RIFT’s expansion coming out then, The Secret World a couple months old, and the possibility of GW2’s launch, my dance card looks to be full and then some.
I don’t have anything else deeper to say about this other than the expansion might well have sealed my interest in this game through the summer. I should go log in right now, as a matter of fact. Hm…