Trion Worlds' fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing gaming Rift will go free-to-play on June 12, the developer announced today.
The full game will be available to all players: access will be open to all zones, dungeons and other content and is guaranteed for all future updates to Rift. The switch will also give all players access to the expanded in-game store, where they can purchase boosts, cosmetic details, mounts and other items.
Trion Worlds will kick off the switch to free-to-play alongside the launch of the next major content update 2.3, Empyreal Assault. All current players will receive rewards at launch as Trion's way of commemorating the shift.
Optional subscription options featuring special "Patron" benefits, like increased mount speed and special experience...
Trion World's massively multiplayer online game, Defiance, surpassed one million registered accounts across all platforms since its launch on April 2, the company announced.
Trion noted other stats, such as more than 500,000,000 Hellbugs have been killed, gamers have driven 50,000,000 miles around the Bay Area and 1,000,000 Arkfalls were undertaken.
The company recently announced a cross-promotion between Defiance and its older MMO, Rift, where Rift gamers are given the chance to receive Defiance-based rewards and Hellbug mounts.
The PlayStation 3 version of the sci-fi MMO received an update this week to improve server and client stability. The same patch was issued to PlayStation 3 and Windows PC versions of the game last month, which initially caused problems and ended the...
Trion Worlds is introducing a new MMO crossover event taking place between two of the studio's massively multiplayer offerings, Rift and the newly released sci-fi game Defiance.
The cross-promotional event brings a new Defiance-related rift type to Trion Worlds' older MMO. "Invasive Species" fire rifts now have a chance to appear in all zones across the Rift MMO, giving Rift players the chance the receive Defiance-based rewards once they close the portal. Players will be tasked with taking out Hellbugs from the Defiance universe, and in return have a chance to acquire one of three different types of Hellbug mounts and companions.
It's not yet known how long the event will continue for; however, the event will be open to all players including those accessing the free Lite version of...
The Korean version of Trion Worlds' Rift is closing down as of April 25, announced the game's Korean publisher, CJ E&M, this week.
Citing "difficult maintenance decisions," the company said it will offer refunds to subscribers from April 17 onward, although the in-game shop will close March 28. Rift is played in Korea through the NetMarble online gaming portal.
The closure of the massively multiplayer online RPG will come almost one year to the day after it launched — Rift became available in Korea on April 24, 2012.
Rift producer Hal Hanlin left Trion Worlds today and is heading to Zynga to be lead producer at the social game company, according to an update the developer posted to his Facebook page.
Hanlin, who has spent the past four and a half years at Trion Worlds working on the fantasy-themed massively-multiplayer online game, Rift, said in his announcement that the move is a "huge step" and, as of Monday, he will be lead producer at Zynga.
"This is a huge opportunity for me professionally, and I will be working closely with some good friends," he wrote. "Nothing but love for Trion, but with the maturation of Rift, there was no urgent demand for my specific skill set. Thanks and deep respect to the people I have shared this whitewater ride with. Now it's time for some new horizons."
Trion Worlds has released a trailer for the upcoming Carnival of the Ascended event in MMO Rift, scheduled to begin March 21 and run until April 4 for all Rift subscribers.
In this year's carnival of the Ascended, all current subscribers will receive a 20 percent increase in XP for all in-game kills, planar attunement, prestige, guild XP dungeon currency, zone event currency and planarite. In addition, players can return to the game for free from March 21 to March 25.
In addition, this year's annual carnival will feature Tier 3 planar attunement, the PvP Wheel of Fate warfront and additional quest festivities and rewards.
Online game developer and publisher Trion Worlds laid off an unconfirmed number of developers today, with the team behind massively multiplayer online role-playing game Rift reportedly affected.
News of the layoffs spread quickly through Twitter, with affected coders, artists and quality assurance staffers breaking the news. According to one estimate from a former Trion artist, about 37 employees were let go.
A Trion Worlds spokeperson confirmed a "workforce reduction" in a statement sent to Polygon, which follows.
As a response to market conditions, product timelines and the natural evolution of our company, we have made some organizational changes, which include a workforce reduction. This was a difficult decision and we wish the best for those affected by these changes. At...
Details of Defiler, a new character class for MMORPG Rift were revealed by developer Trion Worlds in a post offering both lore and a class description on the official Storm Legion expansion website.
The Defiler Soul is said to be able to "intercept, prevent and heal" through the means of "staggering" damage dealing, according to Trion. Defilers deal damage at range, while "spreading corruption and torment through infectious bonds." However, the Defiler's heals are described as its primary weakness, as they are not know for their "cosmetic appeal," suggesting there is a visual side effect to every heal.
Defiler joins Harbinger, Tempest, and Tactician as playable classes in the upcoming Storm Legion expansion, which is scheduled to release Nov. 13. The Storm Legion open beta begins at 1...
The developers behind Rift: Storm Legion gave players a peek at the new housing system during a livestream tour via Twitch.tv.
Storm Legion is the first expansion pack for Rift. In addition to raising the level cap from 50 to 60 and adding new territory, the expansion also introduces "dimensions," which will allow players to customize private areas of the world.
During the stream, Trion Worlds explored the Granite Falls Inn, Faen's Retreat and Dormant Core dimensions. Players will be able to run multiple dimensions as public or private; public dimensions can hold up to 200 players and have a rating system.
The second beta weekend kicked off on Friday, shortly after Rift's official twitter announced that the non-disclosure agreement had been lifted. Rift: Storm Legion will release on...
Rift: Storm Legion, the first expansion to Trion Worlds' 2011 fantasy MMO, is now up for pre-purchase on Steam.
Players can pre-order the Standard or Infinity editions of the expansion for $39.99 and $69.99, respectively. (Trion priced the Infinity Edition at $59.99, but the only version available on Steam is bundled with the original Rift game.) Steam pre-order customers will receive a Steam-exclusive Death Cape.
The Storm Legion expansion adds two new continents that, according to Trion Worlds, more than triple the size of the game world. It also increases the level cap by 10 to 60 and adds seven dungeons.
Storm Legion is set for release on Nov. 13 on PC.