Rift registrations top 1 million

Trion Worlds' first MMORPG sees website account creation top platinum marker as head start servers go live.

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On March 1, Trion Worlds will launch the first of its three announced online efforts, Rift, and thus far, the game seems to have generated significant interest. This week, the online gaming company announced that more than 1 million people have created accounts through its website. Among other perks, registration served as an opt-in to participate in Rift's beta-testing phase.

The milestone comes with Rift's launch date quickly approaching. The fantasy-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game will be available for the PC on March 1 in North America, while the European and UK release dates will follow on March 3 and March 4, respectively. Those who preordered the title were able to enter one of the game's 33 Head Start servers starting yesterday.

Rift has pulled 1 million gamers to its website.

As its title might suggest, the game's premise is that "rifts" in space-time are playing havoc with the land of Telara and threatening to tear the fabric of the universe. Trion noted that the world will be highly malleable, as these rifts can be triggered by players or the development team, and they can also occur spontaneously. Their arrival will alter the landscape, as well as open up new areas for exploration.

Rift is available in three different configurations: Standard ($50), Digital Collector's Edition ($60), and Retail Collector's Edition ($80). The game also carries a $15 monthly subscription charge, with the first month being included in the game's purchase price. Trion is offering promotional $10-a-month pricing for those who make a six-month commitment as part of the "Founder's Pricing" plan, which will be available through March 15.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Rift.

Discussion

41 comments
jasongm
jasongm

ugh another P2P MMORGPG, i'll wait till this game becomes F2P to test it out.

Albaficas
Albaficas

"vicsrealms" untill SWOTOR come out lol...ok roger well guess what swotor will fail...GW2-TERA says hello to your swotor nuff said.

emperiox
emperiox

@UBERxL33T I agree! I hope it beats WoW. Hopefully the endgame content is accessible to casual players like myself who are only just O.K. at PVE. I'm going to wait I think to see how other players review it.

UBERxL33T
UBERxL33T

11+ million to go to beat WoW...

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

@N0tYrBeezin yeah. yea..yea.. everyone i know thought it sucked so yeah..."everyone" to me, so shove yer semantics...

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

@SauhlGood Different opinion? Fine! I don't have any problem with that. I do have problem with ridiculous claims. Saying that everyone has nothing but bad to say about Rift is just outright false.

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

@N0tYrBeezin its one excuse after another, with you, first i never tried the beta...now i tried it...but i had a negative mind-set... just accept the fact people have different opinions, and my friends were dead on with theirs. You know i did go into the game with a negative mindset, but it had a fair chance to change that, it didnt, it couldnt live up to its own hype.

GravityDs
GravityDs

It's a solid game for sure. Beta was fun but wasn't mind blowing or incredibly innovative. $15 is a bit steep. I'm just gonna throw my money in the bowl for The Old Republic. Bioware is the nazz.

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

@SauhlGood Last times that I actually put down money to bet, I won. Yes you tried the beta but you tried it with the closed mindset and with the goal to come out saying that it sucked. That was your aim going into the beta. So I am not surprised that you came out claiming exactly that.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Its a pretty fun game....but, the queues at the head start right now are getting insane. I have gone through all three of the PvE-RP servers and they are all on a pretty significant queue. Other then waiting two hours to get on it plays pretty much like WoW, but its new and shiny. Give me a few months and Rift will probably go the way of WoW until SWTOR comes out. Or even worse, I get held up by Shogun 2. lol

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

@N0tYrBeezin and i bet you good mmo's will retain alot of their initial subs, crappy ones have pop spikes then server mergers... point is if you were a betting man youd be a horrible one... ps. next time finish reading a post so u dont miss things.

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

I just told somebody today that I won't pay for two 15 dollar a month services. I already have gamefly, which is about 16 dollars a month for basically any game (except pc). Therefore, this would have to be more than good for me to switch services. Which probably won't happen to be honest. That being said, i'm looking forward to more free-after-retail games like Guild Wars.

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

@SauhlGood Nothing but bad? Really? Most people are actually praising it. And it is very good for something that is not even officially released. Stop chatting with people who dead set on EQ or WoW or whatever. Keep an open mind! I bet you have never even tried any of the 7 betas.

Breyant
Breyant

Even if the game doesn't bring anything new to the MMO genre, you have to at least give Trion credit for releasing a COMPLETE MMO without any major glitches or server problems.

rfasanel
rfasanel

Top marks for Rift. I'm hooked already.

puffadell
puffadell

mmos you never know until you play guess its pretty good just looking at the number i'll pass

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

1mil registered, so what, registered means nothing if they not paying, and paying for a crappy mmo is like visiting the proctologist, you get screwed in your butt and you have to pay the nice man who did it. i kept hearing nothing but bad things about this game from most public chats, save the faceless product promoters who spam my mmo's chat channels about how great rift is "omg dudez its like aion/wow/war/swg/gw had a baby but somehow only kept the good form each, its soooo awes0me!" looking right@runstalker having tried the beta after all the hype only to find out the game is exactly what everybody said it was, absolutely derivative and simplistic, pvp...an afterthought, feels like it was thrown in at the last minute. Its like they borrowed the good things from every other game, and decided to make them boring and subdued. its like apb all over again, they knew they had nothing but ran a aggresive advertising campaign about "how their poop dont stink" and tried to silence reviewers and press from reviewing the game until almost a month into release not even an extra month or 2 would of turned their game into a finished product

Ron_W
Ron_W

at first this looked very promising, seemed like it had some fresh and interesting ideas, but it got bland quick. I've played better free-to-play MMOs, was looking forward to this but sadly i think i've changed my mind about getting this. now i just hope GW2 lives up to what it seems to be like, it looks awesome right now, hope it's as good when it gets here.

PewPewNinja
PewPewNinja

@SlickMajestic : You said it "Combat feels extremely distant and non-involved" THAT x1000. That game is even worst then WaR for that..so sad..Shoot in that jell-o made dude... And this "the actual character models and armor are as bland as you can find." You got it spot on. BTW the rift..or global Rift looks cool at first but when you start fighting those big boss it become so boring, it's insane. The water control are bad, the overall character fluidity is average. And of course it's your typical Tab target 1,2,3. Last thing, The Warfronts (instanced PvP) are bad, so bad. Nothing good to say about it sadly...Maybe the aoe loot..i don't know..

terminus
terminus

LOL, I'm not sure why I mentioned d3 and sc3 either, I think the point was, Blizz is successful with whatever they do, they don't need to follow what others are doing to compete, they're doing fine the way things are.

terminus
terminus

@cowbie, you never once felt like your playing wow, lol, well, I did, its exactly like wow, from the control mapping, to the over all feel, and I'm smoking some good stuff, but this is the closest to a wow clone yet. I'm happy that there have been 1 million accounts created, I like the game, but I'm done with the fantasy mmo genre finally, until GW2 atleast.

epicsephiroth
epicsephiroth

@Jehuty599 Guild Wars 2 is going to rock the MMO world by storm. I'll be waiting to check it out, myself.

SlickMajestic
SlickMajestic

This game is completely passable and forgettable. If your bored, I say give it a try. If not don't even worry about playing it. You'd be done in a few weeks anyway - forgetting the game entirely a few months after that. It's basically an improved version of Warhammer Online (it uses the same engine) so all of the flaws in WAR's engine also exist in Rift - just graphically improved. Combat feels extremely distant and non-involved. Character creation is weak. Rifts end up being more annoying than fun once you do a few. While the game world looks nice the actual character models and armor are as bland as you can find. Just nothing worth sticking around for and that's mainly due to it all being done before ... many many times.

msok568sky
msok568sky

Fine! MMOs are my fav,It's a quality MMO, but feels too much like WoW with the good parts of Warhammer Online thrown in. It would have been more like the battles in Lord of the Rings where armies are involved, rather than battles like The Hulk where you just throw in a tough opponent and try to zerg it.

Cowbie
Cowbie

I've played both WoW and Rift in beta and never did I once get the feeling..."This looks just like WoW." Or "this is a WoW clone." I'm not sure what the other 9 of you are smoking, but it must be good. Sure there are WoW elements, and other game elements as well, but it does not look "just like WoW." That aside the game is very ironed out for this stage of release, I just wish it had more content. I'll be waiting till SWTOR before I make a decision to purchase.

DuaneDog
DuaneDog

I was in two beta's and did purchase it for the pre-launch.Runstalker hit the nail on the head... The positives are that it is polished and the talent trees have more impact and more flexiblity that WoW. The Rifts are cool and mix things up a bit. On the downside is they only have two starting areas, one for each faction, instead of one for each race like WoW. To make it worse even both starting areas have a mirror like progression that is subtle but undeniable. Kinda like DejaVu. PvP also needs some work as well. For launch the game is steller quality and has an awesome foundation to build on. Unfortunately content is pretty paper thin and probably 1/3 to 1/2 of what WoW was at launch. Not so bad if you want to only level one character, but not great if you like having many alternates.

Curzad
Curzad

Trying AOC trial right now and its actually pretty fun. Think I'll wait for a month or so after Rift release to give it a try. After getting burned with STO I'll never pre-order a game again. Whatever the case may be I hope Rift does well and wish it luck.

salemonz
salemonz

MMOs are my fav, except that players in every GD one chat/comment about WOW in some form 24 hours a day. It's like hearing a friend droning on and on about an ex-girlfriend. Shaddup!

hottbluz
hottbluz

I already play WoW, so I won't play Rift if it isn't significantly different or better than WoW.

Jehuty599
Jehuty599

No thanks, I'll wait for Guild Wars 2, It looks better in every way, and has no monthly fees.

BrianB0422
BrianB0422

I am enjoying this game a lot. However, the constant 2 hour queues just to log in are quite annoying. It went from 4 hours on day one to 2 hours on day two, so maybe it will be no hours today.

sircyrus
sircyrus

It's a quality MMO, but feels too much like WoW with the good parts of Warhammer Online thrown in. My main beef with the game is the amount of elite mobs. It makes for constant raiding, even at low levels, which I have never, ever enjoyed raiding. I've disliked it from my first dragon raid in the original Everquest, and no MMO since has made it any more enjoyable. It's too bad Mythica got canceled all those years back. The developers sought to change how the genre approached raiding, and what they planned to do sounded like it would have been very enjoyable. It would have been more like the battles in Lord of the Rings where armies are involved, rather than battles like The Hulk where you just throw in a tough opponent and try to zerg it.

wexorian
wexorian

I play wow i love wow but stop comparing some other MMO to wow, this is good MMO ,i saw many videos and previews and it's very good game, Gamers should have choose between 3-4 good MMO as we seee there are already 3 good mmo include this 4th will come soon. 1 million subsribers after beta is very good.

Jaga_Telesin
Jaga_Telesin

Registrations of 1 million.. boosted by the misleading "Beta Key" events they did, which weren't access keys at all but in fact "raffle tickets", and didn't guarantee any play time. While it may be well polished and have some fun skill trees, I do think it looks a bit too close to WoW. Going to hold off on this one for now, see what happens. WAR looked really good too, and fell flat after a few months. Can't judge a book by it's cover anymore..

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

I'll check it out after they start handing out free trials. I don't want to get dragged into another MMO before SWTOR comes out.

LeJR
LeJR

I have to say I've never seen an MMO so rock solid at this stage. I love the elements borrowed from WAR and what it has managed to be. Not sure if I'll get it yet, as I don't do the whole MMO thing much anymore, but I wish it the best of luck.

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

Looks like another WoW clone. Sure, downrate me if you want, but you know they that look almost exactly the same.

Joefatty2x4
Joefatty2x4

and watch it's numbers start dropping like dead flies after a few months :)

aermeus
aermeus

I played the beta...it did seem polished...i know its really hard to revolutionize the MMO genre right now, but i couldnt believe how much it felt like WAR with WOW elements when i first logged in. I will say they have the 3 tree profession system going for them, but i think that is actually going to be a balancing nightmare in the future...i think back to SWG and the balancing nightmares they had when people could choose a little from a bunch of professions...i still remember when people figured out that u could choose defense from all the lines and no one could even hit you to cause dmg. Anyway, we shall see, several of my friends have decided to play RIFT and i wish the company luck

runstalker
runstalker

So far: it's totally WoW/WAR/Aion template fantasy MMO, however it's extremely frickin' polished and stable in the head start I'm playing. Feels like those other games 3-4 months after their launches, in terms of optimization and stability. Excellent default UI, plays very well. You get three huge talent trees to build out as well.