MMORPG 'Rift' Launching in March

BOOM widget 347718 Developer Trion Worlds has announced that its fantasy MMORPG Rift--no longer bearing the 'Planes of Talara' subtitle--will be released for PC on March 1 in North America, hitting Europe on March 4.

Rift will come in Standard, Digital Collector's and Retail Collector's Editions, priced at $49.99, $59.99 and $79.99 respectively. Each packs different perks, as detailed on the pre-order page. Pre-ordering will also net you access to the closed beta test. The obligatory monthly subscription fee will run you $14.99.

"The launch of Rift is the culmination of our tireless efforts over the past several years to bring players the most complete, full-featured, and dynamic online game they've ever experienced," CEO Lars Buttler said in the announcement. "Through the dedication, creativity, and incredible track record of our veteran development team, we've been able to create an exceptionally polished and immersive online world filled with adventure, surprise, and beauty. We can't wait to share Rift with players around the world."

While Trion has said that Rift will be "polished at launch," only time will tell how its offspring fares in an already-crowded market.