"No trials, no tricks, no traps," promises Trion Worlds.
The announcement of RIFT going free-to-play was a bit of a shocker. It seemed to really be standing its ground as one of the few lasting subscription-based MMOs, and, well, its stable playerbase meant that it didn't necessarily need to go free-to-play. Nevertheless, the changeover is happening, and Trion Worlds today dropped some new information about the various payment tiers available.
Players can choose to remain subscribed after the conversion date of June 12, and Trion says that subscribers (or as they're known in RIFT-land, "Patrons") will retain the "ultimate" RIFT experience for their monthly payment. Subscribers will earn 15% more in-game currency, travel 10% faster when mounted, receive 10% off purchases in the RIFT online store, have instant access to bankers and trainers, and also gain daily boosts for gains in XP and reputation in both PVE and PVP. Additionally, they'll earn greater rewards the longer they remain subscribed through the newly announced Loyalty Program.
At the other end of the spectrum are the free players, brand-spanking-new to Telara and hesitant to spend a single cent. Trion promise their gameplay experience won't be stunted in any way, but their starting slots will be reduced a little - they'll receive two character slots and three inventory bag slots, as opposed to Subscribers' six and five slots respectively.
Adventure in the world of Telara as either a noble Guardian or technomagical Defiant and enter a dynamic fantasy where 8 primal forces battle for control in an ever-changing landscape. Build your own class using the Ascended Soul system and embark on epic conflicts that bring you into the story, taking your RPG experience to new heights of achievement and excitement.
If you have any further questions, Trion Worlds have compiled a detailed FAQ, though the long and short of it is this: "RIFT will not become 'pay-to-win' with this change. The best items in the game will always have to be earned in Telara!" Let's hope that holds true.
Personally, I cancelled my subscription about a year ago, but I'm really looking forward to causing some havoc in Telara again - and without having to scrape the bottom of my bank account, too. Let's just hope Trion don't add cat pets to the RIFT in-game store - there's no surer way to extract money from internet at large.