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RIFT 4.1 – Forged in Flame is here! This exciting update brings with it a ton of awesome endgame content, including a brand new raid, Eternal items, and enhanced Planar Crafting. In addition to the release of 4.1, we’re also celebrating RIFT’s 6th anniversary by bringing back the Carnival of the Ascended, complete with incredible new rewards like our massive new Tuskar mounts.

Don't have Starfall Prophecy, but want to get the most out of 4.1's exciting new content? You can now either purchase a copy of Starfall Prophecy from the RIFT store, or you can buy it in-game using Credits or, if you're a RIFT Patron, Affinity!


What could make a giant spider worse? Infuse it with molten lava! Meet TarJulia.


The Tartaric Depths
Steel yourself and prepare to journey deep into an ancient and infernal prison built to contain the avatar of a Tenebrean god!

The Tartaric Depths are a new 10-man raid designed to serve as an entry point for fresh raiders. Accessed exclusively through Looking for Raid (LFR), the Tartaric Depths feature no trash mobs, meaning players will progress seamlessly through all 4 boss encounters, culminating in an epic (and deadly) confrontation with Malannon, the avatar of The Enigma.

While primarily designed to be accessible by new raiders, the Tartaric Depths still contain a number of rewards relevant to experienced raiders as well, including tier currency and active upgrade triggers.


Malannon emerges to battle the Ascended!


Eternal Items
Arm yourself with the legendary power of Eternal items!

Eternal items represent a new tier of power for equipment in RIFT. Every Eternal item is best in slot, and each of them features game changing abilities, including raid-wide damage reduction, enhanced resource regeneration, and Calling-specific buffs!

There are two ways to get Eternal items: either find them as drops or take on the Eternal Weapon questline.

Drops are exactly what you’d expect: kill stuff and you might find yourself looting an incredible new piece of equipment. However, when your first pick up an Eternal item, it isn’t going to be quite as powerful as it could be. If you want to unlock your new gear’s true power, you’re going to have to complete its active upgrades first. Still, the reward of having one of the most powerful items in all of Telara is well worth the challenge.

The Eternal weapon questline (started by speaking with Lessa Korin outside of Alittu) is similar. While it will grant you an Eternal weapon near the beginning of the chain, you’ll be required to complete an epic journey that will see you battling deadly enemies, delving deep into expert dungeons, and even facing off against Malannon in the Tartaric Depths if you wish to unlock the weapon’s full potential.

The weapons you have alsways dreamed of, finally within your reach!


Enhanced Planar Crafting
Are you ready for the next level of Planar Crafting?

There are a ton of exciting new recipes being made available to crafters. Best in slot helm and ranged options? You got it. Specialized rewards for each of the six crafting professions? Definitely. Ways to boost your gathering skills and get even more from every node? Of course.

 
Tint Improvements
What’s better than getting new loot? Making it look awesome with armor dyes!

Thanks to our improved tinting system, your armor’s going to look better than ever. Not only have we updated our existing dyes so that the effects on your wardrobe are more accurate and more impressive (we have been adjusting individual armor pieces to maximize dye effects), but we’re also introducing 18 more dyes to increase options available to you.

 


6th Anniversary – Carnival of the Ascended
The Carnival of the Ascended is back and better than ever! March 30 - April 20, 2017

In addition to all your favorite events, there are a ton of incredible new items available as event rewards and on the in-game marketplace. We are talking about massive Tuskar mounts, super cool Usukhel outfits, stylish Tenebrean Wings, adorable Tasuil Balloons and much, much more. Words really can’t do these justice, so take a look and then come on out and join us in celebrating 6 years of heroism and adventure.


The 6th Anniversary Tuskar mount!
 

And hey, here are the PATCH NOTES - warning, they're long, so get yourself a nice beverage and a snack to keep you going!
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RIFT celebrates 6 Years! Archonix sets down his heavy load of final 4.1 launch tasks to share some thoughts and ideas with us all...


It has been an amazing 6 years, and it’s clear that RIFT is here for the long-term.
I personally love RIFT, both playing it and working on it, and am proud to work with a bunch of like-minded developers and supportive staff in all departments here at Trion. Thank you so much for your support over the years. All the feedback, encouragement, ideas and criticism have been invaluable and I want you to keep it coming.

Some Serious Wins
This past year has seen some significant success for us all. As well as the frequent small updates provided, we focused heavily on tech upgrades to improve the game into the future. This was no small undertaking.

We introduced multi-threading and 64-bit to the client, and although it may not have a direct impact right now for all players, it finally provided our team with 64-bit tools. Every RIFT Dev is incredibly excited about this, because it makes us faster. The data sets were getting so big that we were having significant issues, all of which have now gone away. This is truly HUGE for us. Our productivity will increase, and that can only be good news for you and RIFT as well.

While we recognize that the amount of end game content was lacking for 4.0, we also feel that Starfall Prophecy offered something for every play style, served within some of the most beautiful content we have produced. It remains a large and gorgeous canvas for additional content in the future.

Meeting Challenges Head On
This last month has been incredibly challenging for the RIFT team. We have all been working very hard to address what we ourselves and many players saw as some shortcomings of 4.0.
We heard you, we agree, and we are pouring heart and soul into improvements.
Several issues beyond our control have conspired to try and thwart our efforts. Without derailing this letter too much, I’ll mention just a few.

We encountered a catastrophic hardware failure of our version control server that required a full backup of the entire depot. This consists of multiple terabytes of data and the process took days to recover, during which we were unable to add any new code, art, design. We were dead in the water while we waited.
Prior to that, the team (and much of Trion) suffered through rounds of a particularly serious flu in January and February that took normally stalwart people down for three or four days each, making tasks requiring team coordination particularly hard to progress.
Finally, moving the entire office was a massive undertaking, and we are still working out some of the kinks of wiring, power and rebuilding the new space.
It was a challenging situation to say the least, and made it very difficult to progress as fast as we wanted to.

We’re not looking for sympathy here, we just want to be very open with all of you. It sucked.

The upside of being unable to work for several days at a time is that it provided opportunities for some of the dev team to hop on the servers and interact with you all. This was a lot of fun for all involved, and you can expect more of this in the future.

We have an incredibly passionate and dedicated team of people on RIFT. Many of them have been on the team since before launch and still take great pride in making RIFT as great as it can be. Do we always get it right? Of course not, but it is not due to lack of effort, skill or love for RIFT. Experimentation drives innovation, and we adjust as needed. When we make missteps all we can do is review feedback and take action to improve things going forward.

We want to thank all those who offer constructive feedback on a regular basis – you help us out daily, and more than you can ever know.

For those who offer snark, rude comments and trolling, that helps no one, and certainly does nothing to move the world of Telara forward. Please consider your approach when posting - imagine that you are sitting right across from us when you start your conversation, one human speaking to another. I can’t imagine anyone making cruel, cutting comments to folks like Vladd, Keyens or DeadSimon in person - please remember we are all real people. We all care about the game as much as you do.

Even the most passionate, critical post on our forums shows us that you care - just be courteous or the Dwarf will get you.

There are untold thousands of players to every one Dev, so it’s hard to engage in direct, one-on-one conversations, but we can accomplish so much through good feedback and useful suggestions. Let us continue to work together to make RIFT the best it can be!

The Future of Telara
Now, on to the future of RIFT, as that is what really counts, right?
  • Just around the corner is 4.1 and the introduction of Eternal Weapons. These come with an involved and long quest line to upgrade them to something truly epic for each calling.
  • A Planar Crafting Revamp that will lead to Best in Slot Helms and Ranged Weapons.
  • The 10-Man Raid “Tartaric Depths” will go live (also using the recent Looking for Raid feature).
  • New weekly quests are in the works.
  • Carnival follows right on the heels of that, as we celebrate an amazing 6 years of RIFT.
  • Next up, we have already started on update 4.2 (yeah, I know, great name, isn’t it? We’ll get a cooler title soon).
  • This will usher in a new level 70 zone! Looking back again for a moment, this has been something we have done with all our our major releases. We followed up our initial release with Ember Isle. Storm Legion was followed by The Dendrome; Nightmare Tide by Tyrants Throne and Plane Touched Wilds.
  • The new zone for Starfall Prophecy is Vostigar Peaks. As with the previous zone followups, this is a high end zone designed for max level players. There is even an elite area for level 70 group content. The lead image in this blog post is from this new zone!
  • On top of that, 4.2 will offer new daily and weekly quests with awesome rewards.
  • A full new quest line is in development, with much of the content replayable for max level players.
  • New zone events and at least two new Instant Adventure lines are on deck.
  • New Raid Rifts, Chronicles and the final installment of Primalist souls are also included.…in short a ton of stuff is coming for max level players in SFP. We heard you loud and clear!
There will be far more detail about both of these updates as we get closer to their release, as well as others we have in the pipeline. Watch for blog posts and livestreams as we develop this new content!

Looking Even Further Forward
So file the following under crazy experiments and absolutely no promises. We’re letting you know what we’re considering. I am so excited about it I’ve just got to spill the beans, probably to the chagrin of our Marketing folks, who are now rolling their eyes. Remember, this is all subject to change!

One of the threads that pops up pretty regularly in our forums runs along the lines of, “I remember when RIFT was actually a challenge, and wasn’t that cool.” Funny thing is, we have been feeling nostalgic too, so we started playing around with the logistics of a “Hard Mode” server. We set one up internally, and guess what? It is a heck of a lot of fun! Damn, that Jakub hits hard! OW!

We were not sure exactly how long this experience would remain fun, though. Would this be something that players would pursue for a long time or would it become boring once the novelty and nostalgia wore off?

Then someone suggested that perhaps this sort of server should be a limited time thing. That is, after a set period of time, it would be replaced with something different. The lights came on for everyone and the ideas came thick and fast: some crazy, some cool, some doable, some we only wish we could implement!
For instance, after Hard Mode, maybe next time you are buffed off the charts on an easy mode server, enabling you to take on some of the content you never even got a chance to see the first time through.

After much discussion, the concept of special rule set servers called “RIFT Challenges” was born.

Now, as I said, this is still very much in the experimental stages and we have no idea in what form, if any, this will eventually be taken LIVE, but the initial idea is that you play on the challenge server to reach a specific goal, which then awards you something truly awesome for your main live server character. Amazing new armor, weapons, new *cough* race *cough*… there are many details yet to be worked out and again, NO promises. No dates. This is a HUGE project that may or may not work.

We are anxious to hear your thoughts on it! In fact, we have an official feedback thread on it for you! We will also read any comments you post here on Steam!

State of the Game Summary
All in all, it is an exciting time here for the RIFT team. We have finally all moved in to our awesome new offices and people are energized to try out some of these “out of the box” ideas.

Rest assured, aside from the crazy-town special ruleset ideas above, we have long term plans past 4.2 for our current servers too.
The idea is to revitalize those servers, not replace them, so stay tuned for future updates as we solidify the plans. Remember though, nothing is solid until the formal content announcements are made.

THANK You, Ascended!
So please, keep playing, keep posting, keep caring.
I look forward to playing alongside you for many years to come.
~Archonix

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It's always a mob scene when we hold a Celebration Bonus weekend, and we LOVE it! Log in this weekend for a 50% boost to your fun!

We're counting down to the release of 4.1 and everyone is getting antsy! Need a few levels? Want to level up your Guild?  Spring into action during this bonus weekend.

Starting at 2:00 PM PST on Friday, March 24th, and continuing to 2:00 PM PST on Monday, March 27th:
  • 50% guild xp bonus
  • 50% xp from kills bonus
  • 50% prestige from PvP kills bonus
  • 50% plaques/marks bonus chance
  • 50% favor bonus
  • 50% planarite bonus
  • 50% planar attunement experience bonus
  • 50% zone event currency bonus
See you in Telera!
Brasse
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We're almost packed up and ready to roll over to our new studio space, just a stone's throw away! Loading up on March 16th at 5:00 PM PST.


  • Your RIFT team will be out of office from 5:00 PM PST on Thursday, March 16 until 10:00 AM PST on Monday, March 20!
  • This move should not affect your enjoyment of our games (servers are off-site), and no patches or even restarts are planned for this time frame.
  • Customer Service will continue to work on support tickets as usual, from our Austin studio.
  • There will be NO livestream (or hosting) this week, as all of our streaming equipment is being carefully disassembled this afternoon so that the IT folks can get it set up at the new studio. We all pray that the AC will be more robust there... those lights are hot!
 

We have professionals hefting and lugging for us. All we have to do is pack our geeky stuff. (Image by Sparklynn Wolfsbane.)

 

We are currently surrounded by boxes, crates, kennels, souvenirs, carefully labelled computer equipment and assorted nerdy collectibles as we approach our packing deadline.  Backups are done, backups of backups in progress. All of Trion is excited to be moving into a new space, one that looks more like a game studio than a cube farm - plus it saves us money!


Techs are already onsite at the new office, madly installing network cables, loosely resembling this picture. (Image by Sparklynn Wolfsbane.)

 

Rumors that the move was planned to coincide with St. Patrick's Day at the request of Brasse are yet to be investigated by a special subcommittee, once we find her in an empty barrel somewhere. Someone will be tasked with rousting her out in time on Monday!


Will our new cubes look this this? Wishful thinking! {Image by Sparklynn Wolfsbane.)

 

We'll see you back online As soon as we're settled in, on Monday the 20th!


I think we've got everything! Wait, do we need to pack the kitchen sink? (Image by Winter Charm.)
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Pet lovers rejoice! March brings with it the pet skins you've been asking for!

In the March RIFT Store update, we have added the long-coveted special pet skins, once only available through limited means. We know you've been asking for these and are pleased to deliver! You can find them all on offer in the RIFT Store under Pets > Combat Pet Skins.

Clerics now have five widely varied skins to employ: 
· The elegant, flittering Glitterwing (Greater Faerie Healer)
· The magically infused Shalistiri (Satyr Destroyer)
· The powerful Skyhunter (Greater Satyr Protector)
· The enigmatic Spirit Kite (Greater Faerie Seer)



Rogues may now employ two gorgeous skins:
· The massive, tanklike Khadgak (Greater Razorbeast)
· The swift, bloodthirsty Khadlig (Blood Raptor)

Warriors only access one skin in this release, but it may be the best of all:
The amazing Sky Whale (Greater Primal Companion)

Mages receive a matching group of three Planetouched Wilds Denizens:
· Baac Bloodcaller (Shadow Revenant)
· Baac Dreadtrooper (Greater Skeletal Zealot)
· Baac Marauder (Greater Skeletal Knight)



Wings are the most desired new fashion accessory in RIFT, so we also released a lovely new set of wings for all to enjoy! The Blue Butterfly Wings are a must-have for your spring wardrobe! You can find them in the Cosmetics > Costume Armor section.



All of these items are available through your Steam Wallet, in the in-game RIFT store right now!
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There is an unusual glitch in the Weekly Patron gift.
The new supply crate is not included in the gift.

- Please do not claim this gift until we get an update out.
- If you have already claimed the gift, please do not open it.
- If you have already opened it, we will automatically reimburse with you with a supply crate after the fix goes live!

We plan to patch it tomorrow - the fix requires internal testing before we push it out.
Brasse
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Greetings, Ascended! We are happy to announce that ALL players will be able to stack charges again.

It's been just over one year since our big update to Patron rewards. Since then, we've been keeping an eye on not just the in-game activities of players, but also your sentiments and feedback, both here on the forums and elsewhere.

After extensive review, we've decided to bring back a classic feature by popular request:
After tomorrow's update, ALL players will once more be able to store up to 7 charges of Warfront, Dungeon and Chronicle bonuses!

Thank you all for providing detailed feedback on this topic; we are very thankful for such a devoted player-base. You can discuss this topic further on the official thread: http://forums.riftgame.com/general-discussions/general-discussion/493323-update-non-patrons-can-once-again-stack-warfront-dungeon-chronicle-bonuses.html

~Brasse

[IMAGE CREDIT: "Iron Dragon Attacking Guardians," part of the Kingdom of Pelladane series just posted by RIFT Pictures. We have long been impressed by the incredible in-game images posted by RIFT Pictures, and couldn't resist using one as the header for this mini-blog! See more of their incredible work on their site: https://rift.pictures/ and follow them on Twitter @RIFTpictures]
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The new Primalist Souls are under development. We know you’re all eager to hear more -Brasse has captured a wild Keyens to spill info!

This Friday, we’ll talk about the upcoming Primalist Souls… what are they? How are they being built? How will they compare, contrast and most importantly, synergize with the existing Primalists?

While the new souls are still a work-in-progress, we have a lot of interesting information to share, and Keyens will be happy to take your Primalist questions as well. Post ’em right here, or tweet @RIFTgame before midnight on Thursday!

While we’re at it, we’ll show you the gorgeous new Valentine’s Day items in RIFT! We are proud to offer a gift option healthier than wine and chocolates for your special someone.



Host: Linda “Brasse” Carlson
Guest: Chris “Keyens” Meyer

RIFT LIVESTREAM
http://twitch.tv/trionworlds
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We're back from Pax South, where we had a BLAST meeting our fellow Ascended!

While there, we announced the date for StarFall Prophecy 4.1: Forged in Flame. We know you want, nay, NEED, more detail!


Now it's time to help Brasse grill Executive Producer Chris "Archonix" Junior over those very same flames for answers to your burning questions about this update... and maybe, just maybe, one or two hints on what else is coming in 2017. The team is still planning out the rest of the year, so we can't get into too many specifics while we stay on target for a March 1 release of 4.1!

Simon "DeadSimon" Ffinch will drive the game rig for this stream, lending his trademark sardonic commentary to keep things flowing slightly sideways.

We will collect questions in advance - please join us on this forum thread, or tweet your question @RIFTgame

RIFT Livestream

Twitch Channel: http://www.twitch.tv/trionworlds

Start Time: Friday, February 3 at 3:30 PM PST (GMT-8)

Duration: 45 minutes
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We are excited to announce the next chapter in Starfall Prophecy with 4.1: Forged in Flame! On March 1st, join us to explore new systems and content in Telara.

We've become familiar with the struggles of the Comet of Ahnket; sections of the Planes of Life and Fire have been torn up and merged with the enigmatic and malevolent Tenebrean. Now the lords of Fire and Life battle for control of the comet's power, while Ahnket herself is bent on the destruction of Telara.

It is up to you, Ascended, to change the dreadful fate that lies in store for our beloved lands. It is time to assail the Lords of Fire!

Forged in Flame brings with it a new 10-man raid: Tartartic Depths. This fiery prison was created by the devils to imprison the Red Flight - to ensure that no dragon would ever hold sway over them again, as Maelforge once did.
Rituals conducted within the Tartaric Depths have created Malannon, an avatar of the Tenebrean god, The Enigma. Some of you have glimpsed one of the four bosses on the Public Test Shard already, and there are three more to come.

Tartaric Depths is accessed through our new Looking For Raid (LFR system), already in game and being fine tuned as we approach 4.1.

Forged in Flame will also see the introduction of the long awaited Eternal Items! These unique weapons will be earned (and improved) through a level 70 questline. Developing your Eternal weapon will require you to complete many challenges, such as sealing rifts, conquering jumping puzzles and vanquishing monsters. Every Eternal Item is truly "Best in Slot," providing an unmatched degree of power.

Clerics, Mages, Warriors and Primalists will gain a 2-handed Eternal weapon, while Rogues will earn two one-handed Eternal weapons. On very rare occasions, Eternal armor pieces and additional weapons will also drop in Telara, and can be improved through the Active Upgrade system.

Intrepid Gyel Fortress is already well into development and will release in February, but 4.1 will bring Intrepid Rise of the Phoenix as well! This brings yet another level 70 challenge to the game.

Finally, we are bringing exciting tint improvements to the wardrobe system! Colors will be much more accurate to the dye selected; more vibrant and appealing. New colors will also make an appearance!

There is no additional charge for this update - it will be accessible to all who have invested in Starfall Prophecy. We'll bring you more information as we march toward launch. Watch for articles and livestreams to come!
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