Rift goes free to play
Rift is doing away with mandatory monthly subs and making the entire game content free to play starting June 12.
In less than a month, Rift players will no longer have to pay to download the MMORPG or to log in to the game. There will be no pay wall model for content; all character options and zones will be available for free players.
Trion Worlds explains why their free-to-play model is so awesome in this new trailer:
Players can still choose to pay a monthly fee to become Patrons who will enjoy certain perks, including:
- +15% Currency (always on)
- +10% Mount Speed (always on)
- Daily Boost Set: Each day you can activate bonuses to the Experience, Notoriety, Favor, Prestige and Tokens you earn while playing.
- Daily Summons: Instant access to your banker, guild banker, and trainer. You'll receive access to these convenience features on a set cooldown.
Patrons will basically earn currency faster, move around the world at a quicker pace, and will be showered with convenient bonuses.
Rift will go free to play together with release of Update 2.3: Empyreal Assault, which rolls out a new zone, Chronicle and raid.
Trion Worlds said it jumped on the free to play trend that has been sweeping subscription rpg games online after it saw a shift in player attitudes. The company said the online gaming market, particularly in North America and Europe, has begun embracing free-to-play games.
No doubt it has also been emboldened by the financial success of SWTOR and other previously subscription-only games that have turned free to play in recent years.