The weather is heating up, and so is Telara with the next major update for RIFT!
Summertime is about more than just catching some rays at the beach and enjoying a good barbeque with friends; it’s about slaying some monsters! You’ve got plenty to look forward to this summer: celebrating with your fellow Ascended, checking out brand-new improvements to classic souls, and experiencing our next big technical milestone: the 64-bit upgrade!
Summer of Souls: Several classic souls are getting a makeover, complete with new buffs, abilities, and build synergies. We’ll be starting things off with the Elementalist, Druid, Berserker, and Warlord at Update 3.7’s launch, but we also have plans to update 3 more souls later in the season.
Summerfest: The Plane of Life once again bursts forth with all its bounty as Summerfest returns! This year’s additions include a hoard of incredible new rewards, like artifact Piñatas and one of the most requested outfits in all of RIFT – Alsbeth’s Raiment!
64-Bit Performance: Multicore brought the speed, but 64-bit code will truly bring RIFT to the next level! The 64-bit Alpha begins in July, bringing significantly improved performance and even more stability.
New Player Improvements - Guilds: New RIFT players will automatically be placed into a starter guild. These new starter guilds are locked at Level 5, serving as a perfect launching point to help players enter established guilds as they level up their characters and make friends. Characters will also be able to create a guild with a single character; multiple signatures are no longer required.
Dungeon Veterans: Characters that complete a dungeon five times will become a veteran of that dungeon. Veterans that run a dungeon with at least one other non-veteran grants a 15% bonus to currency, reputation, tokens, and experience earned.
Hot times are ahead, so start preparing for Summer Solstice!
The Planar Research Institute proudly presents another Arclight Ascendancy event, which will take place in Telara through June 22.
Traverse to Moonshade Highlands daily to participate in Arclight Time Trials; race an Arclight Rider to earn Enduring Sourcestone Batteries that you can use to get your very own Arclight Rider!
Want even more batteries? Complete the quest “Recharge and Refit” and battle it out with mechanical monstrosities to gather their intact power supplies - then hand those in for further rewards!
In addition to the normal Riders you can acquire by completing the PRI’s daily quests, you can also have an opportunity to vie for a Golden Arclight Rider by purchasing a Limited Edition: Golden Arclight Rider Trove.
Upon logging in you may notice a dramatic increase in framerate; that’s because Multicore support has gone live in RIFT! After years of work by our Engineers, and uncountable numbers of hours of testing from your fellow Ascended, Multicore is ready for full release. While the diversity of systems and settings out there make it impossible to quote an exact figure, many of our testers report performance upgrades of 25-50% or more!
So get ready Ascended, and enjoy the improved frame rates. We’ve got better performance for you today, and are already hard at work on our next big technical milestone, a full 64 bit client!
Best of all, you don’t have to do anything – your client will automatically update.
This is a huge benefit to all RIFT players, but especially to those who previously chose to use the Low Quality Renderer. Almost everyone should now see better performance with the standard renderer and Multicore enabled over the previous Low Quality Renderer. The purpose of the LQR was to optimize CPU usage, which is no longer necessary with multicore. Fear not though, the LQR isn’t going away, and you can always get it back by going to Settings, Video, Advanced. If you experience any issues with Multicore enabled you can also disable it in the same location.
Thanks to everyone who helped us test Multicore, and cheers to a brighter, smoother, and more detailed future for RIFT