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Rebellious Razorbacks are out of control, and we need your help to round them up!

A new breed of raging Razorbacks are boar-ing and goring their way through Moonshade, and terrorized Telarans are squealing for help.

Now through February 10 you can pitch in by capturing boars, completing Instant Adventures, and battling the spawn of Nightmare Rifts. You’ll earn Succulent Truffles along the way, plus a chance of finding a (hog) wild new mount!

Do you have what it takes to bring home the bacon? And don't miss our newest porcine protector - the Celestial Razorback– available now as a rare drop from Limited Edition: Celestial Razorback Troves!

We’ll be rooting for you to find your own porcine protector !
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Greetings Ascended,

As we approach 5 years of RIFT, I look back on the amazing journey we’ve all taken together. RIFT has grown from the shiny new MMO on the block into a game that influences the industry and continues to lead in new and exciting directions with Instant Adventure and Dynamic Content. Not only is it a time to look back, but it’s also time to look forward to some of the exciting new features coming to RIFT in 2016. We’ve got some amazing changes planned throughout RIFT’s 5th anniversary, both in terms of in-game content and the underlying technology, and we’re happy to talk about them today. It’s going to be an incredible year!

Before we get into all that, I’d like to take a moment to thank you all. RIFT is more than just planar invaders and battling Ascended: it’s each and every one of you who have been part of the journey. Over the last year we’ve had the opportunity to meet players from around the world at live events, like our parties in Boston and Seattle for PAX and in Cologne for Gamescom. Getting the chance to meet those of you who share our passion for RIFT is something that truly makes this job an experience unlike any other. I’ve also continued to be amazed by the generosity of the RIFT community during the Extra Life marathon this year, and you should be proud of your willingness to lend help to some of those who need it most. You are our inspiration, and I can’t imagine a better group of people to share Telara with.

We’ve been busy since our last anniversary, releasing 4 major updates, 3 new tiers of raiding, Intrepid Instant Adventures, a new Dungeon, and the long anticipated release of Planetouched Wilds. Our focus has been on releasing innovative new content, while, at the same time, reinvigorating some of our best existing content and keeping it relevant to RIFT today. Intrepid IA’s are one of our favorite features in the game, as they open up some of our most exciting and challenging raid content for every RIFT player to experience. Now every RIFT player can experience the most menacing encounters and work together to defeat the greatest evils threatening Telara!

2015 didn’t just include new things to do, but also new ways to do them! We introduced a massive revamp to the Wardrobe System, even more amazing rewards for Patrons with the introduction of Affinity, and the first new Calling since the launch of RIFT: the Primalist! While the adventures you experience playing RIFT are truly epic, doing so in new and interesting ways – and looking oh-so-fabulous in the process – is just as important as the dragons you slay.

Over the last year we’ve also learned a lot more about how you want to play RIFT and the kinds of things you want us to offer. Learning from you and improving the RIFT business model is what keeps the game advancing and us crafting amazing story lines. We’re making a few changes to ensure that RIFT’s next five years are as full of amazing developments and breathtaking content as the first five. We’ll continue to evolve and change in this area, finding exciting and fair ways to reward those who support RIFT for all of us to enjoy. It’s a tough balance, but it’s a task we never take lightly. We’ll continue to listen to feedback and find ways to address your concerns when we do make changes, so that together we make RIFT as healthy and successful as it deserves.

Let’s talk about the 5th anniversary celebrations. Our first major update of the year will be RIFT 3.6: Celebration of the Ascended, coming in early April. Part one of the update will be this year’s Carnival of the Ascended, complete with all new quests, rewards and more! Moving beyond the anniversary we have news of additional souls for all callings, a new daily login reward system, as well as continued PVP improvements. The second half of the update is due to drop late in May and contains our second Intrepid Instant Adventure, featuring the best of The Mind of Madness. Now every Ascended will be able to journey beyond the Cosmos and do battle with the Tenebrean deities powering Lord Arak’s evil plans!

2016 is also the year of tech for RIFT, and a place we’ve actually ramped up hiring over the past year. We’re incredibly excited to reveal that the first of our planned updates is the addition of true multicore support to the RIFT client. Our engineers have been making heroic strides in transforming what was once thought of as an impossibility for the RIFT engine into a reality! For those less technically savvy, this will allow RIFT to take advantage of more of the capacity of processors released since RIFT’s launch. Our goal is to improve both the performance and stability of the RIFT client. Early stages of alpha testing are already underway, and have been going extremely well. Over time we’ll be expanding the test to include more and more of you. Faster performance and more stability for RIFT, that’s something that benefits everyone!

Because this is such a huge change, we can’t give exact estimates of when it will be ready, but we’re pushing hard to make it happen as quickly as possible. Once this is ready, we can move on to the next big technical update, which has been going on in parallel – We’re happy to share that we have been converting RIFT to a 64-bit client. It’s another massive amount of work that’s been going on for a long time now. It’ll multiply the benefits provided by true multicore support and allow RIFT to fully utilize your computer’s memory to provide even more performance and stability gains!

So join us in this celebration of the first five years of RIFT, all of you who have been a part of RIFT, and looking towards what the next 5 years of RIFT brings!
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From now through January 18 earn extra experience and more in RIFT! Check the list below!

  • 50% Bonus Experience from Kills
  • 50% Bonus Prestige from PvP Kills
  • 50% Bonus Favor
  • 50% Bonus Planar Attunement XP
  • 50% Bonus Guild XP

Hop in game and beat the winter doldrums. Level up an alt, rack up some mastery for your main character, run guild quests: almost anything you do will be earning you bonus XP!
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Need a lift? Arclight Infiltration is back from January 7 to January 14 and this time the PRI is offering their new Nightmare Lifter!

Complete daily quests in King’s Breach and Scarwood Reach to earn the Magnetic Containment Bottles needed to purchase an Arclight Lifter, or roll the dice for a chance to get the new Nightmare Lifter from Limited Edition: Nightmare Lifter Troves.
Dec 10, 2015
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It’s a season for winter sledding, gifts for the good Ascended, and beating back the forces of evil on every front – hey, evil doesn’t believe in holidays! Fae Yule runs through January 6th, so there’s plenty of time to get in on the fun.

This year Fae Yule includes brand new Instant Adventures in Iron Pike Peaks, a whole new Minion quest line, a new and improved Sparkle Quest, and all the Fae Yule Quests and zone events you’ve traditionally enjoyed. For full details on Fae Yule check out our full preview or just jump in game to experience it all for yourself!

Happy Wassailing!
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Feel the frost in the air… shadows slipping ever longer between those distant trees. Can you hear the jingle of a Fae Yule bell? That must mean that RIFT Update 3.5: Winter’s Wrath has arrived!


PvP Updates
Winter’s Wrath brings a bounty of PvP updates, with quests made easier and brand new rewards to earn. Complete the streamlined Guns for Hire or Conquest weeklies to earn Warmonger’s Weapons with your Favor, and upgrade your Frenetic Armor into Warmonger’s gear! Learn more.


Affinity
Patrons earn rewards just from playing RIFT every day! With our new Affinity system, every day you log in brings you ever closer to fabulous mounts and more. Whether it’s new looks for your dimension, useful consumables or super rare rideables, the Affinity system is sure to have something you are interested in! Learn more.


Fae Yule
The most wonderful time of the year in Telara, Fae Yule, starts on December 10th! This year brings new rewards and a whole new Instant Adventure inside Iron Pine Peak! Also new this year, we’ve completely redone the Sparkle Quest to make earning the most powerful gear in RIFT easier and more rewarding than before. Greatfather Frost is coming; have you been a good Ascended this year? Learn more.

Will you weather the storm of Winter’s Wrath?
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Winter’s Wrath is fast approaching – mark your calendar for December 9th and enjoy our new Affinity system and PvP enhancements ! The very next day, our Fae Yule Celebration launches in a flurry, running from December 10th through January 6th.

Instant Adventure
Atrophinious and Greatfather Frost have set out to return Fae Yule to a proper state of order and cheer, but they may have consumed just a wee bit too much mead to do it themselves. Lend a hand - throughout our Fae Yule event, queue up for an Instant Adventure in Iron Pine Peaks, and restore the holiday season to its rightful state. Somebody’s gotta do it!

Minions
Brand new Holiday Minion missions abound - just pick up the Minion Card: Grish from the store. Stop Grish from ruining Fae Yule, and bring a little love back to Telara! Great news: last year’s minion missions can also be completed in case you missed them in 2014 ( and yes, you can buy Minion Card: Rudy from the store to catch up!). Get working on your horde of minions without delay, as they poof once more at the end of Fae Yule!

Sparkle Quest
One of the most popular traditions of Fae Yule returns in a brand new form this year! Earn a piece of the most powerful gear in Telara (from the brand new Mind of Madness Raid ) by completing Expert Dungeons, winning Random Warfronts, looting the chest in Conquest, participating in experience giving Zone Events, or assorted daily and weekly quests. Heads-up to hoarding adventurers, last year’s Faelight Sparkles will dissolve and all NEW ones will be earned for this year’s quest – it’s well worth the effort!

Once you earn enough currency from these activities you’ll be able to purchase either a Sparkling Shard of Wonder (a random piece of gear for Healers or DPS) or Reinforced Sparkling Shard of Wonder (a random piece of gear for Tanks).

Choose wisely, this quest is only available once this Fae Yule!

Fae Yule Quests and Zone Events
Whether you’re sledding down the slopes (and killing a few Snowmen on the way), dreaming up gifts in the Plane of Water, or battling Yulelogon and his invaders, all the traditional quests for Fae Yule have returned this year. Earn currency, dimension items, companion pets, and more for completing these to afford all the Fae Yule presents your heart desires!

Dormant Fae Yule Gifts
Bonus gifts are always welcome, right? Right! For the duration of Fae Yule the final boss in level 65 Expert Dungeons will drop a Dormant Fae Yule Gift. Hang on to these mystery packages for 12 days to receive a dormant piece of gear from the first tier of raids in Nightmare Tide. When upgraded, they’re every bit as cool as those that drop in raids!
Achievements and Rewards

Of course it wouldn’t be Fae Yule without a bevy of achievements to attain or all sorts of fun rewards to earn. Between the Snow Ki Rin and Nightbringer Mounts, fun interactive items that will liven any party, and adorable companion pets to join you on your journeys, there is something for everyone in Fae Yule.

The star on top of this year’s Fae Yule tree is a set of necklacess that will make any Ascended blush with happiness. The extremely powerful Everfrost Gorgets start off as equivalent to gear from the first set of Nightmare Tide raids but are quickly upgradable to those found in Tier 2. These mighty torcs are available throughout the event in exchange for 2,300 Unique Snowflakes and 30 Dark Icicles or 2,100 Credits. Make sure to get yours before they are gone!

On the Store
Time to go shopping for the season! There’s always a ton of great stuff on the RIFT store during Fae Yule, and this year has some amazing new items. Hot from our artists fingertips fly new animated backpacks, the majestic Midnight Mink mount, Faeblight Sparkle weapon skins, and a couple of cute portrait badges to complete your holiday look.



Find a wooly scarf and get ready for Fae Yule and Winter’s Wrath, the holiday storm of fun approaches!
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Winter’s Wrath is on its way to Telara! Update 3.5 not only features a hail of changes to PvP, but it also welcomes a brand new set of benefits for our most loyal, vigilant Patrons. Read on to learn more about our new Affinity system and PvP upgrades.

Affinity
Starting with the release of RIFT Update 3.5: Winter’s Wrath, Patrons will be rewarded simply for logging in to RIFT! Each daily login earns 5 Affinity points, with up to 3 additional points earned through playing RIFT that day. Points can be spent on a plethora of plentiful prizes, from optimal dream orbs to fantastic mounts for your favorite character!

One reward from the Affinity system you surely won’t want to miss is the new Tarken Lifter. Take one ride on this hovering platform of ice and you’ll instantly recognize its majesty (just don’t lick it with your tongue!) You might also want to check out the lush jungles of Dimension: Atia, or kick back and spend a reel good time with Stan's Infra-cell Fishin' Pole and have a better chance of getting that item you always wanted!


PvP
New and improved rewards for participating in PvP are a big part of Winter’s Wrath, with a new tier of gear earned via PvP. Warmonger’s Armor is earned through upgrading Frenetic Armor pieces with Abyssal Crusader’s Accelerator’s and Favor Infused Accelerators, giving those who earn this armor of renown a healthy upgrade in stats. Warmonger’s Weapons will be available through the RIFT store for favor, and are upgradable as well. When fully powered up, these fearsome blades gain a chance for a powerful effect that can turn the tide of battle!

Not only will there be new gear, but earning rewards in PvP will be even easier. We’ve streamlined PvP quests, reducing the number of wins required for Guns for Hire to seven, and the number of kills in Conquest by 10%.

Winter’s Wrath is coming, and this is just a small taste of the storm. Keep an eye out for more details in the coming days!
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It’s a season for giving AND a season for battle! Read on for the first details on the upcoming Update RIFT 3.5: Winter’s Wrath!

PvP
Earn new PvP gear, easier than ever before! With a brand new tier of Warmonger’s armor available to upgrade from Maruader’s gear, and a set of epic weapons available in exchange for Favor, you’ll be taking hits and dishing out damage better than ever. On top of that, PvP quests have been streamlined, with only seven Warfront wins required for the “Guns for Hire” weekly mission! Conquest has also been brought within closer reach, with a 10% reduction in the number of kills to complete the weekly task.

Affinity System
Get rewarded for playing RIFT! The Affinity system is a new bonus for Patrons , granting affinity points when Winter’s Wrath launches, for daily logins and time you spend playing RIFT. Affinity points can be spent to gain Wardrobe items, consumables, or even a rare mount!

Fae YuleTelara’s favorite holiday returns! On top of the traditional celebrations, there are new items to acquire, including amazing Fae Yule backpacks. This year, join Atrophinius and Greatfather Winter in a new Instant Adventure, as they attempt to put Fae Yule back in order!

Other Features
Of course, Winter’s Wrath comes with a bevy of other improvements beyond what we’ve listed above; here’s a brief taste!

  • Wardrobe and Crafting interfaces have been improved, making it easier than ever to find what you are looking for.
  • Weapon effects have been added to the Wardrobe system, allowing you to further customize your look.
  • All mounts are now capable of becoming Aquatic!
Excited for Winter’s Wrath? Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks as we dive into these features in depth!
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Ready to make history? The Primalist, our first-ever new Calling, is LIVE and resetting the clock in Telara. As the veil drops on Planetouched Wilds, rise as a fearless force of nature and lead a new journey through the planes!
  • RIFT 3.4: Into the Wilds has arrived along with a massive new zone, a new dungeon and Warfront, and Primalist Packs that give you access to both
  • Catch press coverage at Massively Overpowered, MMORPG, RIFTGrate, and more!

Free Gift Pack and Week of RewardsJoin us to celebrate launch with a free Wilds Celebration Pack plus new log-in rewards every day from Oct. 10-16! They’re available on the RIFT Store now, but please note these rewards are limited to one character per accountWilds Celebration Pack Includes:
  • Seafoam Crabnarok Mount
  • Ascended Seal (Scales from Level 1-60)
  • Shalistiri Weapon Costume Pack
  • Trove of 160% Boosts
  • 1 Million PA XP Crystallized Insight
To start your journey Into the Wilds... stop reading and click play!
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