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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.
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.