Rift Open Beta Begins Next Week

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 08, 2011 5:45am PST Following a string of closed beta events where invitations were handed out by the bucketload, a properly open beta test for Trion Worlds' MMORPG Rift will kick off on February 15 then run until February 21, the developer has announced.

Players will be able to check out the first 42 character levels from the PC MMORPG, across several PvP warfronts and a variety of zones and dungeons.

The open beta event, dubbed 'Telara the Merciless,' will begin at 10am PST on Tuesday, February 15 and end at 10am PST on Monday, February 21. Head thisaway to sign up. Following that, players who have pre-ordered will be able to play in a 'head start' event from February 24, leading up to Rift's release on March 1.

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  • I definitely suggest trying the open beta if you are interested in new MMO's at all.

    Overall, the game is well executed. It is highly polished and has all the bells and whistles that a modern MMO are expected to have.

    That being said, it really doesn't bring anything new to the table. It plays very much like a re-skinned WoW, with a dash of Warhammer Online (Rifts = Public Quests). My main concern is that there doesn't seem to be anything that really sets it apart from other MMO's you have already played or are playing.

    I expect it to do fairly well out of the gate, but as people realize it is really just "more-of-the-same", I suspect the population will fall off pretty quickly, as there is just not anything really compelling about the game to pull people away from their years of time/social investment in WoW.

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    • This was basically my feeling as well. Enough like wow to jump in and understand what's going on, but not different enough to really keep my attention. The quests were the same kill, fetch, etc. quests. I didn't mess with crafting, but it seemed to set it self up the same as wow.

      Even the rifts have their problems. It can be a real challenge to get to a rift. I came upon one, got the public group notice, but there were only 3 of there there. We got eaten quickly. Several minutes, and a rez later, enough people showed up to take it down.

      If nothing else, I suspect this will prove to be excellent fuel to Blizz on how to make the next expansion even better.