Earlier this week fans of Rift, and Trion in general, got a bit of a shock when the first part of Rift‘s State of the Game announced that Scott Hartsman would be leaving Trion Worlds. For many, Scott is the face they associate with the Trion name, and those of us who have enjoyed Rift and are looking forward to Trion’s other upcoming games appreciate the direction that the company and its games have taken under his watch. In that first state of the game post we learned that Bill “Daglar” Fisher would be stepping in as Lead Game Designer for Trion Worlds, and last night he posted up part 2 of this state of the game address, teasing a few future updates, but probably most importantly, he wanted to set our minds at ease about the future of the MMORPG that many of us are so invested in.
“As Rift approaches its second anniversary this March it could be all too easy rest on our laurels and focus on the past – but that’s not what the RIFT team is about. We’re about looking forward and finding ways to improve upon what we have built,” Fisher wrote.
So what lies ahead for the game? The second part of Rift‘s State of the Game isn’t super heavy on the details as far as future content goes. What we did get was intel letting us know that update 2.2 and 2.3 are actively being worked on this very moment. Both updates are coming together, and the team is working hard to make sure that as always, this content lives up to the standards we are used to.
Update 2.2 will be up first (obviously), and the Carnival of the Ascended will make its return to Telara. It is a yearly celebration of the first appearance of the Ascended, and this year the festivities should be bigger and better than ever. The dev team are implementing new carnival games, along with some old favorites. We should be getting quite a few new zone events in the Storm Legion zones, and tier 3 of the Planar Attunement system will be opening up. The team is also hoping that the first set of activatable hard mode encounters will be made available for Endless Eclipse and Frozen Tempest. There will of course be some class balances and bug fixes coming in with the update as well.
We didn’t get much detail about update 2.3 other than a teaser that the currently locked-down Dendrome zone will be coming when 2.3 hits. More info on 2.3 should be coming in the weeks ahead, so definitely look forward to that.
Everything seems to be on track, and Rift‘s State of the game Seems to be business as usual for Trion. I’m sure we all wish Scott Hartsman the best of luck in the future, and thank you for everything you have done. The future still looks bright for Rift, and what lies ahead could very well be the best chapter in the history of the game. I can’t wait to find out.