As Rift continues to evolve more quickly that World of Warcraft could ever hope to, Trion has not been shy about borrowing from the number one subscription MMO in the west.
In their role as understudy to the master, they have borrowed some of WoW’s successes, like achievements in all sizes for all players, battlegrounds, and cash shop cosmetic mounts. Oh and the five player instanced dungeon game on which our Saturday night group loves to focus. That is what brought us to Telara after Cataclysm quickly grew stale.
But they also play the nimble opponent, reaching out to all sources for ways in which to differentiate themselves from the Azerothian behemoth in an attempt to become all the best things in the DIKU MMO world.
So they have instant adventures, mentoring, a mix-and-match talent tree system like no other (with pre-set crutches for those of us who don’t like that sort of thing), zone events, easy appearance slots (which they kinda need), maybe the best fishing game in any MMO, area looting, and of course the open group/public quest events from which the game draws its name, those rifts.
And so it should be no surprise that Trion has again decided to run with another successful Blizzard idea and offer up a free copy of the first Rift expansion, Storm Legion if you opt to subscribe to the game for year.
You get the Storm Legion expansion, a mount, and a special title if you sign up for a one year subscription to the game. Details on the expansion and such are on Rift’s Storm Legion page, which is where I stole that graphic. You can “Buy Now” from there.
During beta I dismissed Rift as yet another WoW inspired fantasy MMORPG without much to differentiate it. I had enough fantasy MMORPG on my plate, I did not need any more. My enthusiasm for the game came long after launch when so many people were making moon eyes at the game. As time has gone on, Trion has worked very hard, and quite successfully, to break free of my initial impression. It became the game on my 2011 MMO Outlook that I ended up playing.
Now if they would just do something about the Guardian starter area. I found that to be the most tedious aspect of the game, which isn’t a good way to bring people into the game.