Rift studio talks upcoming plans

Rift has just crossed its one-year anniversary, and it's had its ups and downs. This is a time for looking back and making plans for the future, so Trion Worlds has outlined some of what we can expect from the MMO.

The studio's anniversary video begins with a hearty pat on their back for the hard work thus far, before moving into the juicy bits of what's to come. While the developers don't detail exact dates for any of the content, the video promises a whole new cityscape zone, and a new 20-man raid. The new raid, titled Infernal Dawn, will use tech built for the Ember Isle content. The studio also promises multiple boss fights, with the new tools in place to make them change dynamically. On a larger scale, the game is aiming to develop persistent world PVP with "long-term ramifications." The video even hints at another faction on the way.

Rift is one of the many games dabbling a toe in the free-to-play model. Early last month it began offering Rift Lite, which allows free play up to level 20. So if you want to try it out ahead of some of the changes to come, you can get a taste.

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