On Friday, July 21, 2017, we took players on a wild ride to explore all the fun that’s in store for the Summerfest seasonal event in RIFT.
Our hostess with the mostest, Linda “Brasse” Carlson (Director of Community Relations) was on Friday’s livestream and joined by Chris “Tacitus” Cates (Senior Game Designer, RIFT), Jennifer “Yaviey” Bridges (new RIFT Community Manager), and special guest Chris “Keyens” Meyer (Systems Designer, RIFT). Together they previewed the Summerfest seasonal event live on the EU shards, while Simon “DeadSimon” Ffinch (Sr. Design Director, RIFT) was in-game popping artifact piñatas to attendees. The team showed off the quests, scavenger hunts, new rewards, and new RIFT store goodies.
This summer is hot, hot, HOT! We’ve got just what you need to cool down indoors, with our yearly Summerfest event!
Summerfest runs from Friday, July 21, 2017 until Friday, August 11, 2017. It offers a lot of fun traditional activities for all walks of Ascended. Best of all, there are brand-new rewards to earn this year!
Swarmlord Khargroth Battles
Mitch the Artifact Attractor Minion
All New Items
What is Summerfest?
You may be wondering what Summerfest is, and its origins. In modern times, Summerfest is the holiday that marks the longest days of summer. Ascended continue to celebrate ancient traditions and have fun, even in the sweltering heat. This of course, helps ease the stress of the near-constant threats against Telara.
Origin of Summerfest
While some of the history is lost to time, many scholars believe that Summerfest dates back to ancient elven rituals involving burning sacrifices inside wicker figures. Of course, most elves would prefer to forget these barbaric references to their past. In fact, such practices are now forbidden by both High Elves and Kelari alike, although sometimes alluded to by disgruntled Dwarves. What remains in modern Telara is a celebration of flames for all Ascended to enjoy.
So don’t be late! The festivities won’t last long. Play RIFT for FREE and don’t forget to check out the in-game seasonal store for even more Summerfest goodies!
The next exciting chapter of RIFT’s Prophecy of Ankhet is here! A war arises between Crucia and Ankhet in 4.2: Celestial Storm. These powerful femme fatales are hell-bent on domination and destruction of the Celestial Lands and you, Ascended, must stop them!
For more information on what’s in the update, as well as more lore, check out our Celestial Storm announcement blog here. For a visual guide on today’s 4.2 Celestial Storm update, check out our livestream recap blog here, which shows off the new zones, creatures, the new Supply Crate, and more. So steel yourself for battle between two of the most powerful forces you’ve ever come across.
This week we’ll cover all the fun in Summerfest, which launches July 21! Join us live in-game on the EU servers.
Your host for the Summerfest livestream will be Linda “Brasse” Carlson (Director of Community Relations), will be joined by Chris “Tacitus” Cates (Senior Game Designer) and Jennifer “Yaviey” Bridges (new RIFT Community Manager). They will show off Summerfest activities, new rewards you can earn and new features in the RIFT store, including the glorious Spectral Chariot (shown below).
Hello all! The team is hard at work getting Celestial Storm ready for the Live servers and we need just a little more time to get the build to the level we want.
We are going to aim for Thursday, July 20th as our publish date. Enjoy one more day of 100% bonus on everything in game as we get things locked and loaded here! Summerfest will follow shortly after, with a tentative date of Friday, July 21st!
Planar Attunement Experience
Thank you for your patience as we make the Update and Summerfest the best they can be! We will update you with exact times and any changes as they occur.
On Friday, July 14, the RIFT dev team took players to the future to visit 4.2: Celestial Storm. They then later brought in the art team to show off an in-depth look at the new zone, Vostigar and go through the creative process in bringing this area to life. Re-watch them and learn the secrets of the devs so that you can be prepared for the launch of RIFT’s next game update, 4.2: Celestial Storm!
4.2: Celestial Storm Dev Q&A
Our host, Linda “Brasse” Carlson (Director of Community Relations) was joined by Chris “Keyens” Meyer (Systems Designer), Christopher “Archonix” Junior (Game Director, RIFT), and Simon “DeadSimon” Ffinch (Sr. Design Director) to go over the new features of Celestial Storm, including two new mounts, new lockbox mechanics and rewards, new creatures, new story, and more. Also meet the brand-new Communtiy Manager, Jennifer “Yaviey” Bridges with special guest Nicholas “Captain Cursor” McDowell.
Brasse returned to interview Justin Stearns (Environment Artist) and Mike Chang (Senior Environment Artist) from the RIFT art team to explain the creative process and design elements behind the new zone in Celestial Storm, Vostigar Peaks. They completed the stream with an in-game run-through of the new overland zone in all its colorful glory. Once again, special guest Captain Cursor joined them to help explain some of the lore in the zone as it related to the new artwork.
Prepare for war or prepare to flee. Crucia has come for Ahnket and is willing to crush any who get in the way.
The Celestial Storm strikes on July 19th, 2017! Here are the key highlights, which we'll present in more depth in blogs and livestreams as we march toward launch:
Vostigar Peaks, a new overland zone with new questlines and several fascinating points of interest.
Tartaric Depths Normal Mode
New Raid Rifts
New Instant Adventure
Four new Primalist Souls, free to anyone who already owns the Primalist Calling. The Ascended Essentials Pack is a great way to gain ALL the souls! ⦁ Mystic ⦁ Farseer ⦁ Predator ⦁ Primal Lord
Best of all, Prophecy of Ahnket is now FREE. For good. Forever! Bring your friends, your old guildmates, your next door neighbor, and enjoy all that this strange and wonderful comet has to offer! All you have to do is log in to enjoy the celestial lands.
A new prophecy...
Clouds of magic flow around the entity, swirling and dark. She has been watching from afar, slowly building her forces and honing them for war. At first, she thought the Ascended might defeat Ahnket for her, but clearly they are not up to the task.
"Pathetic creatures," she sneers as she watches yet another piched battle between Ahnket's constructs and the Telarans. They are not moving swiftly enough, and her patience is at an end. Her desire is focused on the Tenebrean magitech perfected by Ahnket.
She sweeps off to review the ships of her fleet. They must attack NOW!
Vostigar Peaks spreads out before you. It is a cool, sweeping mountain range, gently cradling pastoral hills dotted with regal conifers. It is a feast for the senses, and, in any other circumstances, a place where one could enjoy a few years of quiet contemplation... but not now.
You have traveled to the tail of the comet with Orphiel and Asha, hoping to end this long struggle once and for all. You've learned so much about Ahnket and her wide array of minions and allies as you slowly pushed your way to this serene valley. Surely you can lead the Telaran forces to a decisive victory over Ahnket!
Battle rings out below you, echoing off the snow-clad peaks. The peaceful setting is marred with violent clashes between uncanny Tenebrean automata and the tyrannical might of the Legions... of Crucia. She has returned!
You are caught in the middle of this Celestial Storm of titanic power, together with your Ascended allies, the fora and Simulacra Mages of Uttila. Can you survive? Should you leave and let the two great forces tear each other apart?
And then you hear the terrified whispers... the prophecies that drive this conflict are uncertain and shifting now. Can you really hand victory from one villain to another? Is Crucia’s tyranny an alternative to Ahket’s destruction? The seers are unsettled, confused - images of a feathered God-Queen of Telara switch to a Tenebrean devastation that burns the very source of a mortal’s soul. The weapons of this devastation alternate between steel and bronze.
Which doom of Telara will you choose? Or is there even a small chance that you can devise a means, with Orphiel and Asha's expertise, to defiantly reject such choices and found a prophecy of peace?
You realize that you must remain, to defeat not only Ahnket, but the forces of Crucia once more - neither of them must be suffered to win this war.
For many RIFT players, building out unique dimensions is a major part of RIFT gameplay. This bonus weekend is for YOU!
Why settle for cut and paste-housing when you can build one to your exact desires? Dimensions are worlds that you create yourself in RIFT. Our Art team selects lovingly crafted game zones and carves them into manageable Dimensions for all of you to build out how you like!
The possibilities are almost endless, especially as the RIFT team has made items for placement in Dimensions from thousands of items that exist in Telara.
If you've ever been interested in creating your personal kingdom, or want to invest in your tenth Dimension, this is YOUR weekend.
We proudly introduce the brand new... working door! Who knew that such a simple item, taken for granted in our daily lives, could bring such joy to Telara?
We also present windows: glorious panes of stylish glass to add to your dream builds!
25% off all Dimension Keys in the RIFT store! Remember, you can also purchase player-crafted Dimensions in the Auction House, which are not available through our store.
25% off all Dimension Items in the RIFT Store! Again, the auction house carries a wide range of Dimension items that can be crafted by players or that drop as loot in the world!
The Alittu Dimension Box will be discounted!
The return of the Imperial Wonders (retired) Dimension Box for this event only!
The long-requested return of ALL world event Dimension items to the RIFT Store!
The Dimension Bonus Weekend runs from 12:01 AM PDT June 20th through to 11:59 PM PDT on June 25th.
Want to learn more about dimensions? Here are some of our finest sites to help you along your way! You'll find the dimension community a warm, welcoming and relaxed alternative to the mayhem and frenzy of adventuring!
The entire Dev team is heads down, locked down, hunkered down and tied down working on Update 4.2 - time for a Creator Stream to step in for us!
This Friday our longstanding RIFT streamer @Seshatar invites you to prove your PvP skills in a 1v1 duel tournament on the EU cluster!
Are you a min-maxing god among Ascended? JOIN IN!
At 11.30am PDT (6.30pm GMT) Plaza Aurentine in Tempest Bay will become a huge arena, where players can fight each other for awesome loot! Sign up for a spot in the tournament or watch the show LIVE on twitch.tv/seshatar!
All information about the tournament, including how to sign up, can be found in this thread!
What's better than getting Loyalty points every time you invest in RIFT purchases? DOUBLE LOYALTY POINTS of course!
The exact times of the Loyalty Bonus week depend on the hotfixes: it will switch on when the servers all come up on Wednesday, June 14th, and will end when the servers go down the following Wednesday morning, June 21st.
Important note: the Loyalty bonus applies to items purchased with credits in the RIFT store. It does not apply to non-credit bundles, REX or Patron purchases.
Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to rack up Loyalty! We deeply appreciate all the players who help support the ongoing development of RIFT through store purchases. You keep us strong, and we want to thank you for it!