Rift makers Trion Worlds are going full circle with their MMORPG. Ever since it went Free-to-play in 2011, the game introduced Loot Boxes and Pay-to-win items that trivialized its difficulty – as long as you were willing to shell out real money.
Not too happy with how the game is shaping up to be and following recent player outcry against microtransactions, developer Trion Worlds announced its intention to bring Rift back to its roots. This Spring, players will be able to join the Rift Prime server promising an experience not unlike when the MMO launched in 2011.
A New Beginning for Rift
With the introduction of a new server and its paid business model, Trion Worlds will be able to deliver a carefully curated experience to fans of the Rift MMO. Indeed, they won’t get all the content from the get-go: instead, they’ll face “progressively unlocked content” with “a significantly reduced store with more of the current store-based items obtained through gameplay.”
There’s more to Rift Prime, as teased by Trion Worlds: “dynamically matching characters to their current zone’s level, dungeons dropping loot specific to your character’s true level, caps on the number of professions available to a single character, and participation awards that carry over to your characters on existing servers.”
It’s an interesting experiment to say the least and reminds us of the hype surrounding World of Warcraft legacy servers.