RIFT, why do you have to go make all the other MMOs look so bad?

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
  • Capes
  • 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…

15 thoughts on “RIFT, why do you have to go make all the other MMOs look so bad?

  1. Liore May 31, 2012 / 4:32 pm

    I am way more excited about this expansion than I thought I’d be. I enjoyed RIFT classic a lot, but not enough to keep playing it after a few months (I was at the height of my post-WoW burnout, which didn’t help). The prospect of a fully loaded Trion-sized expansion though, complete with my pet love player housing… RIFT just became my most anticipated MMO for 2012!

  2. bhagpuss May 31, 2012 / 4:44 pm

    I’m always impressed by Trion’s professionalism but no matter how good it is, I can’t see how I can fit this expansion in. There just won’t be time to do justice to Rift, The Secret World and GW2, which surely has to launch this year and will therefore clash, and of the three Rift comes a clear third.

    That said, I’ll almost certainly buy it at some point. Player housing pretty much decides that. I do wish they’d go to a Freemium model, though.

  3. Vagabond May 31, 2012 / 4:51 pm

    @Syp, what about Vanguard? No plans to give it a try?

  4. Genda May 31, 2012 / 4:52 pm

    Meh. The core gameplay is so average that I can’t see picking this up. Nice press release though.

  5. MMOPlayer May 31, 2012 / 4:55 pm

    Wow, good call on the exp pack. Heck, I play Rift every day and browse the forums religiously and still didn’t see this coming. Looking forward to it coming out.

  6. Rakuno May 31, 2012 / 5:25 pm

    I always liked the soul system in Rifts but the rest of the game never really grabbed my heart. With the addition of housing I might have to keep an eye on it and reconsider subscribing if their housing is interesting.

    As a side note, it is interesting to see a sort of “resurgence” of housing as a standard MMO feature, even if it is a post launch one. Aion added housing…. last month, I think? While Final Fantasy XIV got inn room as form of introduction to their housing system not too long before that. Not to mention ArenaNet already promised to add housing to Guild Wars 2 at some point after launch. Now I wonder if any other big games will come around and announce their own version of housing too…

  7. Carson May 31, 2012 / 6:04 pm

    Seems a little strange that Trion don’t deem this expansion significant enough to be worth announcing on the Rift website?

  8. Syp May 31, 2012 / 7:08 pm

    Well, they do have a special site for it…

  9. Moxie May 31, 2012 / 7:13 pm

    Wait, player housing? I didn’t see that in the article I read earlier today.

    This intrigues me. Greatly. Way to go Trion… though I didn’t stick it out in Rift much past the initial month, I’ve always been super-impressed with Trion. They know their stuff.

  10. Victor Stillwater May 31, 2012 / 7:46 pm



  11. SlothBear May 31, 2012 / 9:55 pm

    I’ve said it before I will say it again. I wish, wish, wish, wish, wish, Trion had made Warhammer. 😦

    The only thing I don’t like about RIFT is the world/story/lore. Technically the game is just superb.

  12. Telwyn June 1, 2012 / 7:23 am

    I’ve got to hand it to Trion, this sounds pretty amazing, more space and story could well drag me back in and a housing system could bring a great non-combat side to the game.

  13. wezmodeus June 1, 2012 / 8:44 am

    Why do you have to keep doing this to me? I was happily managing my time in my little stable of games and now you made me go and update Rift and try it out again. The only thing is I still can’t stand the Guardian’s story – I promptly deleted mine and rolled a Defiant cleric. Now I need to figure out how long it would take to level my alts to join my rogue at 50. I really hope they fill the holes that the classes are missing soul-wise like they are speculating on the forums. I would love a proper healing soul on my rogue.

  14. Kierbuu June 1, 2012 / 9:53 am

    This looks interesting and I really did enjoy RIFT, however, they still seem to be sticking with the limited race choices (all basically human). I like playing as non-human characters (trolls, goblins, draenei). I wish they would give us just one non-human race per faction. If they did that I would probably never have stopped playing and would almost certainly be picking up this great looking expansion.

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