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News & Features Discussion  » [Interview] Rift: Going Free to Play June 12th

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  SBFord

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OP  5/13/13 9:16:55 PM#1

Trion Worlds is ready to rock the MMO-niverse with today's announcement that Rift is officially going free to play with no restrictions, no pay gates, nothing that bars a player from experiencing the game in its totality. We caught up to Creative Director Bill Fisher to find out more. Rock your world and then head to the comments with your reactions.

MMORPG: Many of the gaming populace see the shift from subscription to F2P as a sort of swan song or last ditch effort for a game to stay alive.  How do you combat this stigma?

Bill Fisher: I think that as time has passed people really are more accepting.  Will there be a stigma for a subset of folks out there?  Sure.  It really isn't our job to combat the stigma though - it's our job to make RIFT the best possible game we can.  We feel that the game can speak for itself and letting more people experience it really is the next logical step on the road of continual improvement. 

Read more of Bill Murphy's Rift: Going Free to Play on June 12th.

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  Boognishe

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5/14/13 10:12:25 AM#2
I don't blame them.  F2P w/ subscriptions seems like a lucrative deal..
  Caldrin

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5/14/13 10:13:11 AM#3

This is taken from their website

"Why is RIFT going free-to-play?

Because players prefer free games!"

 

LOL well actually players prefer good games.. but free will do if a good game is not available haha j/k

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  Skullagrim

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5/14/13 10:13:51 AM#4

Not shocked, they all do anymore. WoW remains supreme...hahahaha :p

  Siveria

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5/14/13 10:18:16 AM#5
IMO if they put in any buyable with rl cash gear thats is anywhere near equil to raid gear, is going to destroy the end game pretty much, Should keep any gear out of the cash shop. I'd personally buy some wardrobe outfits if they were priced like 5 bucks for a set, but I refuse to pay 10 or more for a deco outfit. Give me a maid outfit with the hairband and I will buy that in a second.
 
Also they say they don't want to seregate, yet they seregated the pve and pvp crouds due to pvp gear having an extra special stat, that kinda proves they are lying right there imo. If I raid I should be able to do both without having to grind out a pvp gearset.

Being a pessimist is a win-win pattern of thinking. If you're a pessimist (I'll admit that I am!) you're either:

A. Proven right (if something bad happens)

or

B. Pleasantly surprised (if something good happens)

Either way, you can't lose! Try it out sometime!

  sado2020

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is my PVP

5/14/13 10:18:32 AM#6
I like Rift I hope they have a good FTP and premium model that will let me check out the game at my leisure

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  Myria

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5/14/13 10:18:42 AM#7

Sad to hear this, always had a bit of a soft spot for Rift even though I haven't played it in a while.

 

With Hartman gone it was only a matter of time, but, honestly, if they think this will fix what's wrong with the game or bring in a long term increase in the playerbase I think they're fooling themselves -- and badly.

 

Time will tell, I suppose, but if there's ever anything more than the usual initial announcement of how successful the conversion was, followed by the usual deafening silence, I'll be very, very surprised.

  Malkos

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5/14/13 10:21:11 AM#8

"Great items that can be purchased with Credits must be obtainable by playing the game."

 

No no no no no no no, bad!

Bad bad bad!

Never! Never ever never ever EVER sell items for real money, ever! Regardless if they're not the best items in game, you NEVER sell gear for cash. Only cosmetics!

  Shaigh

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Joined: 3/07/13
Posts: 225

5/14/13 10:21:33 AM#9
After swtor revealed their sub numbers while being f2p I think they realized they would earn more money this way.
  Po_gg

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Joined: 5/12/10
Posts: 1960

5/14/13 10:21:48 AM#10

"and no we are not jacking up the exp curve for free players or penalizing them"

Lol, nice one.

Edit: as in nice punch at TOR if I wasn't clear enough above :)

  DocBrody

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Posts: 1393

5/14/13 10:21:51 AM#11
Cool ! I´m going to try it
  Gnarv

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5/14/13 10:23:39 AM#12
So Dendrome will arrive at that time. Dendrome being a big patch.
  bcbully

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5/14/13 10:25:26 AM#13

RIFT was the last of the first gen Theme Parks. I played for 10 months. Well made game with some original content and very good Wpvp. It delivered meaningful permanent content at an incredible pace. Trion was in a good place. 

 

RIFT was too much of the same though, nearly an exact clone of WoW. In fact RIFT nearly out WoW'd WoW and was the first to take subs from WoW. 

 

Since then Trion has been a complete disappointment. Nearly no original thought, and shoddy implementation of what could be seen as "almost" different at best.

 

Trion's last two projects, the scrapped End of Nations RTS, and the disappointing, technical nightmare, 3rd person shooter Defiance, makes me question was Trion even a good company at all, or where the just great copy pasters riding the success of Blizzard.

 

I don't expect to see any mmorpgs from Trion any time soon, if ever. If Arche Age fails we maybe reading about Trion closing it's doors within the next 2 years.

 

 

  Eivi

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Posts: 102

Never sacrifice freedom for security

5/14/13 10:27:36 AM#14

I read the Title, skimmed the interview, checked the FAQ, Unsubbed.

FTP isn't for me.

  tawess

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5/14/13 10:27:47 AM#15
Originally posted by Skullagrim

Not shocked, they all do anymore. WoW remains supreme...hahahaha :p

That being said i think you will never see another subscription game out of Blizzard.

 

 

This have been a good conversation

  Torvaldr

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5/14/13 10:29:53 AM#16

Good for them.  It's a smart move on their part.  Exclusively sub-locked games are going either be niche or go the way of the dodo.  EVE can hold out because no one else does it like that.  WoW still has the momentum.  It will be interesting to see how long those two can hold out.

I wonder if the marketing feedback from the raptr promotion affected the decision.  In any event the writing has been on the wall for a while now.  The cash shop has been sitting nearly empty in the game for half a year now.  You can't have an empty cash shop or the bean counters will sit in a permanent tizzy.

The best part is I don't have to delete it off my hard drive when my sub expires.  Hell, I might even sub for another 3 months just to show a little support.

I think a mind wipe so people could play an mmo like it was their first time again, would be easier to build than a new mmo people here would actually like. - DamonVile

  Reizla

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MMORPGs are no longer about the mass multi-user anymore *sadly*

5/14/13 10:31:59 AM#17
About time TRION changes RIFT to Fre2Play or sad to see them do it..? I'm in doubt there. I think RIFT is a good game (not my style though and not gonna play again when it's free) that can easily stay subscription based. But if they want to make 'big bucks' then Free2Play is the way to go indeed. Lets hope they won't mess up their game though with a Pay2Win cash shop.

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  AZHokie54

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5/14/13 10:32:42 AM#18
This has me really excited actually. Can't wait to get back into the game.
  Sp00sh

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5/14/13 10:35:56 AM#19
I never could convince my friends to play this game.  But now, GAME ON!!!  Thank you for F2P I will definitely be coming back to Rift now!
  orbitxo

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5/14/13 10:36:00 AM#20

wow i may revisit thsi game and play it.

 

last i played it was on its released date (a week). years ago.

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