Trion Worlds has today announced that MMO Rift will be going free-to-play come June 12, after almost two years of being based on a subscription model which is quite a feat for today's MMO genre. The announcement comes directly from creative director Bill Fisher but Trion has also set up a portal
for the free-to-play transition, detailing just what exactly players will gain from the new change.
Today I am here to announce another dramatic change to RIFT – a change brought on by player feedback from surveys, community postings, in-game reports, and passionately written emails over the last two years. Starting June 12, with the release of RIFT 2.3: Empyreal Assault, RIFT is opening its business model to include Free to Play. Subscriptions will continue as an option as well for players who want additional benefits.
While the MMO is transitioning to a free-to-play status it will still retain its subscribe option, offering more incentives to those taking up the monthly plan. Trion is also eager to point out that there will be no tricks or traps, ensuring that free-to-play means "players will have access to all game content – from dungeons and Warfronts to the latest raids – with no level restrictions."
For those eager to jump into the game you can check out the free-to-play rundown over here
, or read over Fisher's Producer Letter
for a larger insight into the decision.