Rift developer Trion Worlds has announced that it will be combining the game's shards next week and introducing new internationalization options.
Trion Worlds, the developer behind the fantasy MMORPG Rift, has announced that the game will be undergoing some big changes next week. Beginning on October 23rd in the United States and October 24th in Europe, the game's shards will be combined to help create what Trion hopes will be a more unified experience. "[The merger] means that the pool of people that you can play with is even bigger," said the Rift team. "Random dungeons will once again be random across the entire population of the region, warfronts will have a larger pool to draw from for match making, Conquest will have more folks to slaughter, and it will be even easier to visit your friends on other servers!"
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.
Trion also revealed that players will now have the option to play internationally. "It's always been a dream of ours to have our architecture seamlessly support multiple languages," said Trion. This update means that players will be able to play together even if they're using different languages. "Want to play on a shard, but experience the content in French while your friend experiences the content in German? We'll support that! Our goal has always been to give users more ways to play together whenever possible - Through gameplay, through visiting, and now languages through the server architectures themselves."
Players, for their part, will have to do very little to adjust to the coming merger and the connected changes. According to Trion, friends and guilds will all be "seamlessly" placed in the same shard. The only thing users will have to do is wait through some already scheduled downtime and then return to Rift where they should find "a shard that is highly populated instead of landing a trial shard and not knowing where to go." For more information regarding specifics about the shard merger, visit the official announcement at the Rift website.