RIFT 2.5 arrives in time for resurgence, F2P Steam launch brings 25% increase in new users

Rift

By on November 8, 2013 at 11:00 am

Song of Dreams, the latest update — although these things are so large they really should be called expansion — for RIFT has gone live this week. According to the official website, the patch adds a new Planar Attunement Nexus, International Shards and six weeks of Level 60 instances, featuring a new dungeon, Slivers and Chronicles.

I actually have no idea what any of those mean: Slivers sound like the creatures from Magic: The Gathering and Chronicles sound like a 19th century novel. Nevertheless, it’s been a good time for the free-to-play MMO, with the game enjoying a strong resurgence. Since its relaunch on Steam and the recent Extra Life charity marathon, RIFT enjoyed “the highest single day gain in new users since the game’s launch more than 2 years ago”.

“On Sunday alone, we outperformed Storm Legion’s launch by 219%,” Trion Worlds CEO Scott Hartsman said in a release. “We went back and checked the numbers twice. It was almost in the realm of too high to believe.” Other highlights from the charity weekend include 25% more new users than its initial free-to-play launch back in June, with 16% of those having already experienced Telara before.

 

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My brother got back into this game a few months ago and he seems to be enjoying himself quite a bit. They must be doing something right.

 

Slivers are a kind of hidden dungeon showing an alternate reality of the main game world IIRC (What might have been), I think you need a special ability to even find them that alters how the world around you looks.

Chronicles are dungeon instances for 1 or 2 players.

It’s a nice game, if I were still playing MMOs I’d be playing RIFT, but I’m burnt out on them from years of the same formula everywhere.

 

I plan on getting back into this again , I hit 60 and just stopped… been pretty active on gw2 though so when I tire of that i”ll be back , it’s a great game.

Only sort of turned me off because not many people played really , sounds like that’s changed.

 

I am playing this a few times a week and have dragged a few old WOW friends with me. Having a pretty good time.

 
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