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Release Date: Oct 24, 2013

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"Rift (previously known as Rift: Planes of Telara) is a fantasy free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) dev. by Trion Worlds"
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October 22

Nightmare Tide is Now Available!

With the launch of Nightmare Tide, we have breached planar boundaries and together we march, ride, and swim into new realms beyond Telara. This is our first expansion as a free-to-play game, and it’s really exciting to be able to share it with all of you.

We’ve increased our maximum level to 65 and introduced the Mastery system to further customize your character as you venture into the Plane of Water. Explore three massive zones packed with quests and dynamic events, six dungeons, a new Warfront, a new Sliver, and in a few weeks – a new 20-player raid.

The Minions system brings all new collectibles, along with new ways to earn rewards and profit. Mentoring has been expanded and improved to allow players of all levels to play together – low level players can now scale up and play with their friends! That’s right, all players have the opportunity to experience adventures and zone events in the Plane of Water. Meanwhile, Nightmare Rifts bring new and terrifying challenges to every zone in RIFT. Test your skill by fighting unending waves of enemies while racing against the clock!

Of course, this is just the start of the Nightmare Tide era for RIFT! As always, the team will continue to add content, listen to your feedback, and work at making every version of RIFT better than the last. Your contributions and feedback are amazingly important; making RIFT wouldn’t be the same without the community we have and the support you give us.

It’s an amazing time to be playing RIFT, Ascended, so let’s go play! See you on the other side of the Infinity Gate.

Bill “Daglar” Fisher

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August 6


The Infinity Gate lumbers through portentous skies as a dark presence returns to Telara. From the forests of Silverwood to the shores of Pelladane, mortals succumb to a magical sleep. And somewhere off Fortune’s Shore, across a bridge unopened, nightmares plot a haunting reunion with their unwitting creators. Madness Wakes has arrived!

RIFT 2.8 unleashes a story arc surging toward the Nightmare Tide expansion. It throws open the gates to Nightmare Coast, the first RIFT 3.0 Dungeon pitting the Ascended against Lord Arak and his troubled minions with huge implications for the future of the planes. Meanwhile, seas of change bring major additions to Auction House features, a full revamp for the Pyromancer Soul, and more. Check out the trailer for a first look at Madness Wakes, or jump to the RIFT Community Blog for all the details!

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The Ultimate RIFT® Experience

The free RIFT® Nightmare Tide™ expansion brings a new host of dungeons, raids, and adventures to the award-winning world of Telara! Wield new Mastery Abilities, Minions, and more as you explore the elemental Plane of Water, a realm haunted by cosmic horrors and nightmares who reign under the sea.

Collect Minions

You've gone on so many adventures for Telarans, it's about time they did some adventuring for you! Collect minion cards in RIFT® and select adventure cards for your minions. When your minions complete their adventures, you get the loot!

About This Game

Free to Play: No Trials. No Tricks. No Traps.

Join thousands in the award-winning free-to-play MMORPG RIFT® and enter the world of Telara as an immortal Ascended. Go to war against the primal armies of the elemental planes in an ever-changing landscape full of massive dynamic battles and countless dungeons and raids. 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!

Build Your Class: No other game lets you build your class the way Rift does. Specialize in a single class or pick and choose abilities from many to create a character uniquely suited to your play style – and have fun while you experiment!

Choose Your Role: Each character can have more than a dozen saved roles, so you can build different classes for every situation. You might have one for PvP and another for raids; or perhaps you want a high-damage or high-defense build. The choice is yours to mix and match as you see fit – and switch at the press of a button!

Massive Dynamic Battles: Invasions unfold zone-wide, creating epic conflicts that bring you into the story! Save the world alongside hundreds of other players, and fight to reclaim lands from invading hordes.

Dungeons & Raids: The world of Telara is rich with strife and danger – there’s over 30 dungeons and raids! No matter what size party or what challenge you seek, there are plenty of options including 2-, 5-, 10-, and 20-player instances plus hard-mode dungeons and more.

PvP Combat: Battle others in exhilarating Player vs. Player combat! Earn PvP ranks, titles, and loot to further enhance your character. Head to cross-server Warfronts or 3-faction Conquest, and fight others in open-world PvP.

Dimensions: Customizable housing spaces allow players and guilds to own slivers of Telara. Use countless building blocks and items you acquire throughout your adventures to build anything you can dream!

Free and Full-Featured: Instant Adventure, Onslaught, World Events, Guilds, Artifacts, Wardrobe, and more! RIFT is the ultimate MMORPG with a best-in-class Free-to-Play model letting you play the entire game at no charge.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista or 7
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce FX 5900, ATI/AMD Radeon X300, Intel GMA X4500 or better.
    • DirectX®: 9.0c, June 2010 update
    • Hard Drive: 15.0 GB available
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1 compliant card
    • Other: Broadband internet connection (DSL, cable modem or other high speed connection)
Helpful customer reviews
81 of 130 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
So I was recommended this game by a friend. Character creation is pretty limited, but the classes/races/sides option sounded pretty cool. I started the game, got maybe 10 minutes into it, was killing mobs, leveling up and all of a sudden I get randomly banned out of ♥♥♥♥ing nowhere. All I was doing was killing mobs in the starting area, then when I click the link for ban appeal, it takes me to the login screen, well when I try to login to ban appeal, it responds "The account you're trying to login has been banned" How the ♥♥♥♥ am I supposed to appeal a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ out of the blue no reason ban if I can't login? So I had to make up a random email so I could appeal the ban and the little brats never responded. I honestly want money back even though I didn't spend a penny on it. You people can downvote this review and think what you want but it doesn't change the fact that this company is ♥♥♥♥. ♥♥♥♥ you, and rot in hell Glyph, ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥♥♥s
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49 of 78 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I wrote a huge review. But honestly the review was about the Faeblight incident and not the game.

As for the game, it used to be an excellent example of what Free-to-play MMOs should be. But with the new xpac and it's paywall. And the Devs posts about the rollback incident. As well as the assinine changes, I cannot in good conscience give this game a recommendation. Avoid the game. It's just not that good anymore. And you do NOT want to give Trion any of your hard earned money.
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43 of 71 people (61%) found this review helpful
79.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Free 2 Play is more like Play to win in Rift because:
- Endgame gear best in slot can be bought with real money
- Gold can be made with real money
- 2 free charter slots; which give you little exta for leveling with friends
- Bag space and banking room can be widely improve with money
- experience gain can be obtain by spending reall money
- mounts, pets, and cool character/ housing items can be gained through spending real money

So by playing for free be preparid for long hours of hard work to gain gear that some others can obtain with money. Also good luck finding groups to obtain gear when other people that paied to win out shine your gear. Everything that is gained through in-game gold costed your sweet and tears. The only free part to some extent is leveling; which is tempted with XP increase. Don't Pay, Don't play. enjoy at your own risk, and you were warned.
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40 of 66 people (61%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Would have loved to play this game, but since the company running it is too incompetent to send any information to my email, I have never once been able to log in. Non-existant customer service that is always "experiencing a higher than normal amount of traffic" and never responds was, obviously, no help whatsoever. Save your time and money, avoid this game and the company in charge of it. Can't even play it through the Steam interface, you have to log in to theirs. Worthless, annoying, and overcomplicated security measures with six steps just to open the damn thing.

Total waste of time.

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17 of 28 people (61%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
not pay to win as stated by various users, its pay-to-look-good and pay-to-progress-faster, but you cant buy the best slotted gear (w real moneys) and the people who pay cant get better OP items normal people can, its a good example of a good F2P game. (hope i explained myself)
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
46.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Gives a distinct resemblance to WoW after my 7 years of it. I got tired of monthly fees and eventually shyed away from MMORPGs. Found my way crawling back to them and decided to give RIFT a go and I love it fun community, easy to understand, and it looks good. From a veteran of MMORPGs I give it an 8/10 only because there are some P2W aspects late game but, that shouldn't stop you form trying it out!
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21 of 36 people (58%) found this review helpful
37.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
RIFT is a complete and full-featured MMO experience. It gots high-quality graphics and high playerbase with an acceptable file size, which is approximately 19GB.

Pros :
+Extensive class customization.
+Rifts create dynamic gameplay.
+Life skills system.
+Large playerbase.
+High quality graphics.
+Detailed mounts.
Cons :
-Some access locked only to buy-to-play players.
-Hard to play for newbies, complex gameplay.
-Seems like a World of W**craft copy.
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26 of 47 people (55%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Great population , Fun to play , however leveling can be slow and boring , pretty much all it is is the odd dungeon with instant adventures for the first 30-40 levels , but worth a try!
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35 of 66 people (53%) found this review helpful
47.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I recently was checking this game out and found out I had 47.2 hours on it. Keep in mind I have not been able to play the game. This is the time I have spent trying to download it.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
40.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Rift is an incredubly fun Ftp MMO, especialy with freinds. It has an intresting story with many fun quests
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39 of 76 people (51%) found this review helpful
321.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
p2w trash ignore it for wow -.-
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40 of 79 people (51%) found this review helpful
716.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Rift 3.0 killed PVP and PVP gear progression. I was a PVP player with all my characters, I leveled with pvp, I got all my gear with PVP. I do not want to PVE.

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27 of 54 people (50%) found this review helpful
43.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Probably the best free to play MMO out there. A robust character system (not as robust as ArcheAge, but that's totally pay to win) and good crafting system. rift events (mini raids, if you will) are open to everyone in the area and don't require you to queue or to find a group. Just roll in and be rewarded based on your contribution.

It's very much like the now dead Warhammer Online in quality and play but, unlike WHO, has the player base to keep it alive and prospering for now.

It's no WoW killer, but its pretty damn good.
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10 of 20 people (50%) found this review helpful
59.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
The simplest way I can describe Rift is like World of Warcraft with a much lower population and less to do, with more character and class customization in a less cartoon-y world.

If you enjoyed WoW or very simila games, you should try Rift. If you became burnt out on MMOs or WoW-like games, this will not help you.

If you're still interested after reading the above, you should know that while there's nothing crucial that you have to pay real money for in this free-to-play game, the conveniences are expensive. You will immediately want to increase your character's bag slots from 3 to the maximum of ... 8 or so? That will cost real money of between $20-$40 for EACH character you create. Want to not grind your face off on the same repetitive fetch quests and kill X number of monsters quests? Be prepared to shell out $$$ for boosts, like any other "free"-to-play game.

I don't mean to trash this game, it's going to be fun for a lot of people and you can tell that the developers are actively interested in the long-term growth of the game with the new expansion out. If you dislike and/or are burnt out on MMOs or the "free"-to-play money schemes/systems, you should definitely pass on Rift though.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
101.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Good for uninstalling!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
718.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24

Best MMO-RPG ever.
even before it was free to play, its not pay to win. that is the stupidest thing i ever heard.
Great story-line, Great characters, great mounts, great player housing, great wardrobe system, great role system.
And with nightmare Tide the auction was very good upgraded.
and the new minion system is also good.
i never played a game for over 3 years. this is the first.
and if you buy stuff from the ingame store with real money. that is good. because you should support Trion Worlds (or another studio) for a game this GREAT.
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25 of 52 people (48%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
pay to win...... sigh.....
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14 of 32 people (44%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
it was fun.... for a while
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8 of 20 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This game might be somehwhat unnoriginal but it's still fun.
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14 of 33 people (42%) found this review helpful
70.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Heavily Recommended!!

Gameplay is better then Lineage II, Aion, ArchAge and Firefall together, since you will meet like all game emelents of these games within RIFT. Also RIFT is PvE focused which I massively like and everything for free.

On anytime later, I am going to update my review for RIFT.

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