Wow, I can honestly say I wasn’t expecting this. Trion Worlds, just announced their MMORPG RIFT will be transitioning over to a free-to-play model starting on June 12, 2013. What’s more, the game will be entirely F2P; with every dungeon, zone, level, and all current as well as future expansion content fully accessible to non paying players.
The MMO will have the customary cosmetic shop which will provide the usual mounts, boosts, wardrobe items and the like. A subscription will still be available that will grant extra experience, instant access to your bank, faster mount speed, and boosts to other reputation and currency gains. Those that were, and still are current subscribers will also be rewarded with loyalty and currency rewards.
The conversion to F2P will kick off alongside update 2.3, Empyreal Assault, which will add a new zone, world event, and more. Rift was one of the few P2P MMOs I enjoyed with a decent raiding experience, so personally I’m excited to see it go F2P without restrictions.
You can check out the full breakdown by taking a look at the official RIFT F2P FAQ here. The developers also plan on hosting two livestream events to discuss the conversion with fans on May 17th and May 31st.