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Rift: Beta 5 Preview

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,614MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

On the eve of the Rift Beta 5 event scheduled to begin on January 25th, Scott Hartsman has posted an extensive preview of what players can expect in the way of improvements, bug fixes, enhancements and more. One of the most significant pieces of information is the news that this beta event will feature twice the number of players as Beta 4 and that public grouping (PUGs) will be featured at the request of players in earlier beta events.

Beta 5 Preview - It's been a busy couple weeks!

We’ve tried to take as much advantage of the relative calm between Beta 4 and Beta 5 as we possibly could. Here are some of the highlights to look forward to in Beta 5 tomorrow. We'd like to detail a number of them and also shed some light on a few things for Beta 6 and beyond.

New For Beta 5

We're expecting Beta 5 to be at least twice as big as beta 4! By the end of Beta 4, we were running a total of 18 servers. 8 in our Europe datacenter and 10 in the US. This time we're opening up with 16 in each region, for a total of 32 servers, all with higher population caps, more than doubling the number of people who can be online at once.

If you get caught in too long of a queue during the middle of beta, know that we'll be keeping an eye out to see if we need to open even more.

Public Grouping.

This was a big one for us -- just about the single most requested item -- and we're really happy to have it in game for you to try out already.

Read more here.


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  • VannorVannor YorkshirePosts: 2,970Member Uncommon

    Public grouping for the rifts is a major improvement.. nice.

  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,455Member Uncommon

    It's another example of how this is actually a beta "besides" being a marketing tool.

  • LetsinodLetsinod Ramsey, MNPosts: 334Member Common

    No matter what anyone thinks of this game they can't argue with one thing: These devs listen and react.  Also, you can through the whole arguement out that nothing changes in beta.  I can't believe the amount of stuff Trion changes in such a short time.  I was very down on this game after the first beta.  My opinion has risen enough to pre-order it now.  I just wish it had better crafting anf group quests.  Maybe I can hold out for a few more betas....

  • MyrdynnMyrdynn Beaumont, CAPosts: 1,518Member Uncommon

    this developer team is so insanely OP.  Even if the game isnt for you 100%, playing a game developed by this group, has got to be a top experience.  They are fully committed to making RIFT the top of the class.  The improvements, based on beta feedbacks is unreal.  I have never seen a company make so many gamewide improvements from beta 1 to launch as Trion does from beta to beta

  • MyrdynnMyrdynn Beaumont, CAPosts: 1,518Member Uncommon

    Letsinod- I know they are revamping the Apothecary craft, so we still have hope.  If this games crafting system was better, it would hands down be the single best MMO to date.  The ONLY thing I dont like is the WOW crafting system (and the EQ pet system could use a little work)

  • DarkholmeDarkholme Wolfeboro, NHPosts: 1,201Member Uncommon

    Some great changes listed there... we'll see how it all shakes out tomorrow.

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  • Rockgod99Rockgod99 Manhatten, NYPosts: 4,640Member
    Cool.

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    Playing: Rift, LotRO
    Waiting on: GW2, BP

  • ValentinaValentina Los Angeles, CAPosts: 1,675Member Uncommon

    Awesome changes!!!

  • CoolitCoolit FalkirkPosts: 468Member Uncommon

    100% agree with the above posters, the devs yet again come though, a lot of the changes made for beta 5 are from feedback after beta 4.

    Cant wait to try this out again tomorrow!

  • Soldier101Soldier101 Sandy, UTPosts: 111Member

    Im going back in rift!!!!

  • Soldier101Soldier101 Sandy, UTPosts: 111Member

    ok i got message from mmorpg saying wone 500 beta key thing,and i wen to my mail and trion sent me a key LOL

  • ibe12ibe12 Sharon Hill, PAPosts: 35Member

    This game just keeps getting better. I've never seen anything like this. Imagine what this game can be 6 months after launch.

  • Oy-jordOy-jord Riverside, CAPosts: 43Member

    There appear to be quite a few fans of Rift here, so it's a good place to ask.  How's the PvP?  DAoC RvR-like?  WoW's 2-faction BGs-like?  Instanced?  Consensual?  Open world?

     

    Thanks!

  • banshe13banshe13 aurora, ILPosts: 200Member

    So there making Rift invasions even easyer then they already where and where we wanted harder rift invasions as good as beta 2.         They sure listen well O well I wont be playing it since it is not what I was betting my gaming on.  They told of rifts would be bad ass and a challenge not easy mode nope failed that in beta 1 3 4 5 and now 6.  Class's where to have freedom failed there as well they all have the same talent and skills.

     

    Rift will be on life support in 6 months from people going in it thinking is was going to be a mix of EQ  and  early world of war craft challenge but its just a easy mode game.

     

     

    PVP is as they said battle ground mini games but much smaller then even I was thinking want to hit the enemy side's base ok run 10 secs forward 20 on the larger mini game map.

  • brett7018brett7018 Jacksonville, FLPosts: 182Member Uncommon

    Ya, this is unheard of in all of the games that I have beta tested (all of the major ones, wtih the exception of EQ).  I am so ready for this game to release, and the dev team is better than any I have had the oppurtunity to be involved with before.  Incredible.

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  • Luthor_XLuthor_X Campbellsville, KYPosts: 431Member

    Rift is shaping up nicely!

  • BlackUhuruBlackUhuru Of Angels, CAPosts: 770Member

    Get's better and better every beta..........

    "It would be awesome if you could duel your companion. Then you could solo pvp".--Thanes

  • BlackUhuruBlackUhuru Of Angels, CAPosts: 770Member

    Originally posted by Oy-jord

    There appear to be quite a few fans of Rift here, so it's a good place to ask.  How's the PvP?  DAoC RvR-like?  WoW's 2-faction BGs-like?  Instanced?  Consensual?  Open world?

     

    Thanks!

    Yes all of that and it's fun, try it out for yourself.........

    "It would be awesome if you could duel your companion. Then you could solo pvp".--Thanes

  • Bicknell55Bicknell55 Diamond Springs, CAPosts: 73Member

    Originally posted by Coolit

    100% agree with the above posters, the devs yet again come though, a lot of the changes made for beta 5 are from feedback after beta 4.

    Cant wait to try this out again tomorrow!


     

     SAME here!! rdy for tomorrow & yes, listening to the iPod cast today; I see a lot of potential, both in PvP & crafting. PvE will be just as awesome

    Bick

  • ShattenShatten San Francisco, CAPosts: 30Member Uncommon

    i wonder if Rift will be one up or even match against Guild Wars 2?

  • mmogawdmmogawd some city, CAPosts: 732Member

    Originally posted by Shatten

    i wonder if Rift will be one up or even match against Guild Wars 2?

    My only hope is that Rift is good enough to hold me over until the release of  GW2 :)

  • duelkoreduelkore hammon, COPosts: 228Member

    I did witness several Rifts wipe maybe 30-50 lowbies in a lowbie  zone.  That was during Beta 4.  The first couple Rifts you come to are very easy, but in teh same zone they had some unbeatable rifts emerge.  Im sure this will all be tweeked throughout beta and launch.  Anyone remember the server wide message "thanks for all the testing, now prepare to die" then the sky goes black and what seemed like countless rifts open in every direction.  That was the coolest beta experience I have ever had.

  • DerebusDerebus Rio de JaneiroPosts: 54Member

    Tomorrow is my first beta, need to get a good rest before LOL

    Future: WoD, SWTOR, Arche Age, Tera (maybe), GW2.
    Present: None.
    Past: Eve, RIFT, UO, bunch of F2P crap.

  • aurickaurick Dillon, MTPosts: 317Member

    Originally posted by Myrdynn

    this developer team is so insanely OP.  Even if the game isnt for you 100%, playing a game developed by this group, has got to be a top experience.  They are fully committed to making RIFT the top of the class.  The improvements, based on beta feedbacks is unreal.  I have never seen a company make so many gamewide improvements from beta 1 to launch as Trion does from beta to beta

    So very true!

    I'm used to closed beta coming around and a few things change here and there.  Then open beta arrives, and nothing changes except some bug fixing.  Between beta 1 and now, Rift has changed more than I've ever seen any other game do prior to launch.  And it's not because they're fixing all sorts of broken stuff, but because they're taking the solid concepts that they started with and modifying them based on player feedback.  

    This is the first time, "it's only beta" might actually prove to be a truism rather than a way for devs and fanbois to feel good about their pet project's shortcomings.  Very refreshing!

    I've seen a great many comments on this and other forums that mirror my own experience:  "meh" about beta 1,  surprised by beta 3 and now seriously looking forward to beta 5.  If only Sigil had taken the same development approach that Trion is!

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  • aurickaurick Dillon, MTPosts: 317Member

    Originally posted by Oy-jord

    There appear to be quite a few fans of Rift here, so it's a good place to ask.  How's the PvP?  DAoC RvR-like?  WoW's 2-faction BGs-like?  Instanced?  Consensual?  Open world?

     

    Thanks!

    It's only really arriving with this beta, so we'll have to see.  We know it's 2-faction like WoW.  There are BG's.  Players from the other faction can cross into your faction's territory (sort of like Aion, I guess), but it also sounds like you can flag yourself for PvP if you want to participate in that.  (This may only be on PvE servers, though.)  There's also PvP progression, sort of like in WAR.

    A couple key differences, however:



    1. PvE gear lets you be competitive in PvP and vice versa.  


    2. A PvP soul is available for each archetype.  This soul has fewer talents and skills -- probably because it doesn't become available until quite a while after your PvE souls.

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