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[Preview] Rift: Storm Legion and the Power of Choice

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,585MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

With the upcoming Rift expansion, Storm Legion, players will once again be treated to playing the game in any one of a myriad of ways. It's a trademark that Rift developers are quite proud of. We spoke with the team about Storm Legion and how even more choices are being brought into the game. See what we discovered.

First up on the docket are Hunt Rifts.  They’re a new flavor of Rift new to Storm Legion that give directed and story-driven content to the player as they go about the new expansion.  They come with their own set of currency, items, and other rewards.  One thing the team remembers from the original launch of Rift was that players loved the rift events, but that they tended to take a back-seat to questing as you got on in the game. Hunt Rifts, like every other bit of dynamic content in Storm Legion, is Trion’s way of putting things like Rifts and Invasions and Instant Adventure at the forefront of the game so it’s not just a parlor trick and namesake, but a true mode of play in Telara. 

Read more of Bill Murphy's Rift: Storm Legion and the Power of Choice.

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  • bubalubabubaluba LjubljanaPosts: 434Member
    Back to Rift!
  • TomBaker_fanTomBaker_fan Elmhurst, ILPosts: 131Member

    The biggest reason I am happy GW2 is FTP is I can play Rift and GW2 at the same time! I love them both. 

    Taking a break until SL, but already took a couple of vacation days on 11/13 to get my Rift back on!! Cannot wait for this expansion!!

     

     

    ya, I said FTP, and ya, I meant it!!!

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  • YamotaYamota LondonPosts: 6,620Member
    Bah, almost nothing about PvP.
  • AZHokie54AZHokie54 Phoenix, AZPosts: 275Member Uncommon
    CAN NOT WAIT for the expansion! It is going to be awesome.
  • BeastnBeastn Orlando, FLPosts: 110Member
    I too cannot wait, I took a break and reti3red to play gw2 sadly I'm already bored of it and am back in rift. Hurry up SL!
  • gundamwinggundamwing Mechanicsville, MDPosts: 49Member
    Awesome! Can't wait for Storm legion. And I am so glad they are adding Hunt Rifts, I will be doing a lot of that when it coems out. Thank you Trion, you guys rock!

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  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,195Member Uncommon

    I don't think the game needs more unique currencies or activity specific gear rewards.  What they need to do is offer a path of progression that isn't wasted no matter what you do.  In the end all the other rewards are essentially useless because the raid rewards are still the best progression and everything else is table scraps.

    It's still the best sub game out there now from my perspective, but I'm done with subs and done with raiding being the pinnacle of character progression.

  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing Editor Berea, OHPosts: 2,356MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon
    Originally posted by Yamota
    Bah, almost nothing about PvP.

    This call was ALL about the Dynamic Content they're adding.  PVP is for next time, I was told.  :)

  • SynthetickSynthetick Portland, ORPosts: 977Member

    Extremely excited for the expansion. Have been subscribed since headstart.

    The only problem I've had with RIFT is that it takes literally no effort currently to get to 50. It takes literally minimum effort to gear up for the raid content, and really, you can progress through the tiers extremely quick to clear all the current content.

    That's all fine and good, but I really hope they change the end-game up a bit more. Hearing of all these new systems and currencies just make me shudder inside at the thought of hitting the new level cap and doing nothing but grinding the same experts over and over.

    Yea, I know, welcome to MMOs. These guys are getting the "making the leveling interesting" curve so right, I wish they could translate that diversity to the end-game. 

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  • DeeterDeeter SO. SF, CAPosts: 135Member
    Why does this game still have a sub fee? Why does any game still have a sub fee? Why can GW2 put out the same quality MMO without a sub fee? I don't understand.
  • RaventreeRaventree Yourtown, MNPosts: 456Member
    Rift is an awesome game and Trion is the best MMO dev out there.  I am really excited for the expansion.  The only thing Rift needs is a bigger population.

    Currently playing:
    Rift
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    SWToR, Aion,EQ, Dark Age of Camelot
    World of Warcraft, AoC

  • FoomerangFoomerang Portland, ORPosts: 5,564Member Uncommon

    Man i am stoked! They didnt even talk about dimensions or the new raids and dungeons or pvp or that massive world boss that roams around destroying towns. Trion is doing everything right so far

  • kevjardskevjards carlislePosts: 1,463Member
    Originally posted by Deeter
    Why does this game still have a sub fee? Why does any game still have a sub fee? Why can GW2 put out the same quality MMO without a sub fee? I don't understand.

    i guess because its a cheap sub.also it has more than enough subs to keep charging.not to mention people will go back for storm legion expansion as well.so they really dont need to change anything..i mean if you take a years sub out for £65 you get the expansion for nothing..now thats good business imo.

  • NobleNerdNobleNerd Wolcott, NYPosts: 671Member Uncommon

    After playing GW2 since headstart I popped in to see if Rift had made any changes recently. UGH! No movement casting and the combat system difference was so evident between the 2 games I'm not sure I can enjoy an old MMO combat system now that GW2 and a few others have made it more dynamic. I constantly wanted to use my "dodge" to roll out of an attack and constantly canceled a spell cast because I wanted to be moving. It felt ........ boring.

    Rift by far would be an MMO I would actually sub to again, but as I played and went into where there should have been a large population of people I found a ghost town. Even the chat screen was empty and void of conversation. It also seemed like there were less shards to enter than before (as I never counted them previously I can not confirm this). I will watch from afar and see if the xpac sparks new life in Rift.

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  • FoomerangFoomerang Portland, ORPosts: 5,564Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by Deeter
    Why does this game still have a sub fee? Why does any game still have a sub fee? Why can GW2 put out the same quality MMO without a sub fee? I don't understand.

    Rift has more content than gw2 plain and simple. It is subjective which game has better content. Come november, it will have far and away more content and variety of gameplay than any current mmo. Maybe wildstar will come close when it launches but thats about it.

    I have to correct myself on that last part since ffxi lotro and vg are still around.

  • DraronDraron A town in, KYPosts: 993Member
    Originally posted by Deeter
    Why does this game still have a sub fee? Why does any game still have a sub fee? Why can GW2 put out the same quality MMO without a sub fee? I don't understand.

    Someone's delusional. GW2 is a great game, yes. But there's a reason it doesn't carry the traditional endgame approach and such. It just doesn't bring in the money to sustain that type of game. GW1, even during it's launch year, made less revenue than CoH even - which is being shut down soon.

  • strangiato2112strangiato2112 Richmond, VAPosts: 1,538Member Common

    "They come with their own set of currency"

     

    ugh.  Trion still doesn't get it.

     

    The last thing Rift needs is another piece of content designed to be grinded over and over and over again with yet another currency.

     

    I despise the currency system, but if you are going to do it, just make one currency and unify things.

  • strangiato2112strangiato2112 Richmond, VAPosts: 1,538Member Common
    Originally posted by Draron
    Originally posted by Deeter
    Why does this game still have a sub fee? Why does any game still have a sub fee? Why can GW2 put out the same quality MMO without a sub fee? I don't understand.

    Someone's delusional. GW2 is a great game, yes. But there's a reason it doesn't carry the traditional endgame approach and such. It just doesn't bring in the money to sustain that type of game. GW1, even during it's launch year, made less revenue than CoH even - which is being shut down soon.

     

    huh?  GW1 and 2 arent even in the same genre.

    Wanna bet which game will make more revenue this year, GW2 or Rift?

  • EtherignisEtherignis philadelphia, PAPosts: 246Member
    Awesome looking forward too logging back in.
  • BoardwalkerBoardwalker Austin, TXPosts: 384Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Deeter
    Why does this game still have a sub fee? Why does any game still have a sub fee? Why can GW2 put out the same quality MMO without a sub fee? I don't understand.

    Guess they want to keep the freeloaders out, and ensure a consistent stream of revenue to fund future expansions.

    They can adjust a game all day, but they can't help the issue between the keyboard and the chair.
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  • ninfanlinkninfanlink Somersworth, NHPosts: 36Member
    Originally posted by strangiato2112

    "They come with their own set of currency"

     

    ugh.  Trion still doesn't get it.

     

    The last thing Rift needs is another piece of content designed to be grinded over and over and over again with yet another currency.

     

    I despise the currency system, but if you are going to do it, just make one currency and unify things.

    lol... your kidding right. Name one mmo that dosent have a "grind" to it that is good and people are still paying to play? o right... none. Rift is really the only remaining mmo out there that hasent gone free to play within the first year for a reason.

    It has a good amount of content and they add stuff to keep people playing aka grinding! (Artifacts, pvp ranking, rep, gear, achivements, mounts, pets, tons of events) all those things keep people playing.

    Over the past 10 years almost every mmo that has come out that attempted to be differant or not be a Wow clone has failed ( no content, LFG system, or imo grind )

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,195Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Synthetick

    Extremely excited for the expansion. Have been subscribed since headstart.

    The only problem I've had with RIFT is that it takes literally no effort currently to get to 50. It takes literally minimum effort to gear up for the raid content, and really, you can progress through the tiers extremely quick to clear all the current content.

    That's all fine and good, but I really hope they change the end-game up a bit more. Hearing of all these new systems and currencies just make me shudder inside at the thought of hitting the new level cap and doing nothing but grinding the same experts over and over.

    Yea, I know, welcome to MMOs. These guys are getting the "making the leveling interesting" curve so right, I wish they could translate that diversity to the end-game. 

    On top of that they're shifting PA to be account wide.  That just relegated all character progression to be gear only with the best of it locked behind raids.

    Originally posted by Foomerang


    Originally posted by Deeter
    Why does this game still have a sub fee? Why does any game still have a sub fee? Why can GW2 put out the same quality MMO without a sub fee? I don't understand.

    Rift has more content than gw2 plain and simple. It is subjective which game has better content. Come november, it will have far and away more content and variety of gameplay than any current mmo. Maybe wildstar will come close when it launches but thats about it.

    I have to correct myself on that last part since ffxi lotro and vg are still around.

     

    I don't agree that there is more content in RIFT than GW2.  I've been playing since headstart and it seems about even.  They were fairly content light on launch.  I also think it paints a disengenuious picture to compare the amount of content in a newly launched game with one that has been out for over a year.  On the RIFT forums I hear people compare WoW to RIFT in the content department and it just misses the mark for me.

    It's hard to compare content between games in my opinion because of how that content is considered in the framework of the game.  There is a lot to do in RIFT but the only real progression you see is from Experts, MM, and raids - and grinding them on the cooldown.

    I love fishing, rifting, and the rest, but it's sort of a time waster in between running instances for gear coins.  There are some minor exceptions to this such as collecting pets from shiny collections, mounts, and some of those sorts of one off rewards that those activities provide, but the real core of character progression is only rewarded from instnace running.

    Originally posted by ninfanlink

    Originally posted by strangiato2112

    "They come with their own set of currency"

    ugh.  Trion still doesn't get it.

    The last thing Rift needs is another piece of content designed to be grinded over and over and over again with yet another currency.

    I despise the currency system, but if you are going to do it, just make one currency and unify things.

    lol... your kidding right. Name one mmo that dosent have a "grind" to it that is good and people are still paying to play? o right... none. Rift is really the only remaining mmo out there that hasent gone free to play within the first year for a reason.

    It has a good amount of content and they add stuff to keep people playing aka grinding! (Artifacts, pvp ranking, rep, gear, achivements, mounts, pets, tons of events) all those things keep people playing.

    Over the past 10 years almost every mmo that has come out that attempted to be differant or not be a Wow clone has failed ( no content, LFG system, or imo grind )

    I don't think that posters point was there is a grind, but that RIFT has a ton of currencies and it doesn't need another different currency to grind out.  It needs a sort of currency consolidation approach to its design.

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  • MyrdynnMyrdynn Beaumont, CAPosts: 1,516Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Xepo

    After playing GW2 since headstart I popped in to see if Rift had made any changes recently. UGH! No movement casting and the combat system difference was so evident between the 2 games I'm not sure I can enjoy an old MMO combat system now that GW2 and a few others have made it more dynamic. I constantly wanted to use my "dodge" to roll out of an attack and constantly canceled a spell cast because I wanted to be moving. It felt ........ boring.

    Rift by far would be an MMO I would actually sub to again, but as I played and went into where there should have been a large population of people I found a ghost town. Even the chat screen was empty and void of conversation. It also seemed like there were less shards to enter than before (as I never counted them previously I can not confirm this). I will watch from afar and see if the xpac sparks new life in Rift.

    I did the same thing, went on the unlimited free to 20 and couldnt even get outta the first zone.  I had 3 50's fully geared in River of Souls or better gear, and now I just cant stand the way it plays

     

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