RIFT is going Completely Free-to-Play

Michael Dunaway
By Michael Dunaway, News Editor

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.

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About the Author

Michael Dunaway
Michael Dunaway, News Editor
Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009.

Discussion (117)

Tru1ownssky 9 years ago
Ha! There are so many comments about everything except rift!

Laromus 9 years ago
fakn Pay to Win game, its fn' horrible you can literally pay money to get gear from the cash shop.

newfirelabs 9 years ago
this is a fantastic shift for Rift. For those that have never played this game it is very simalar to WoW or Aion. in other words its a traditional mmo. Now with a sub fee I didnt feel like it was worth 15 dollars with Aion f2p. However once it drops the sub fee it is much more advanced game than Aion. In fact I would say it would easily be the best mmo on the f2p market and I would pick it before WoW as well. I think Rift is going to enjoy some huge sucess from this model. I couldn't be more excited for this game going f2p

anip 9 years ago
personally... I wouldn't really bother with the "full game" (IE: Box version)...

Because all you get is more character and bank slot, that's it, no other bonuses.
Which is WAY worse than what TERA gave their "founders" (which included a mount)

If it doesn't cost less than 10 USD, I recommend not buying it, LOL. (tho, you can try to win it... but you're up against 10,000+ ppls)

As for subs, it's not that bad, tho it can lead to P2W very soon (especially the +10 mount speed, however I am not sure if you can mount in PvP, I haven't played Rift)
But this was one of the reason why Neverwinter got tagged P2W, for their Cash Shop mount speed - that can be used in PvP (makes a huge difference)

BeeBo 9 years ago
You can win RIFT Full Game + Expansion + 30 Day Subscription on Raptr.
It's very interesting to have that before it goes F2P, you'll get subscriber benefits!

Hurry up, the offer seems limited!

Add this code into your your Rift account on Trion website:

cya online!

Brijan 9 years ago
With no restrictions says. i would to see that, i hope that was not a joke!!

Geoage 9 years ago
I've been waiting for Rift to go Free to play for so long.

Crazy 9 years ago
And the "TWO" Of you guys out of topic we arent talking about retribution

LOL. 9 years ago
LOL!!!!!! Cant compare?Really there a lot of games out there which can compare with this game And blacklight is not the best game in the world!

Jerry 9 years ago
If you dont like the game stop posting here then.If you want to know mister isnt only about graphics the game is about storyline if you have any clue about it.All you care is about graphics nothink else i play a lot of game like that also back to the future the game which is pretty awesome at my oppinion you should try it people i also have disney Hercules,tarzan and many others reinansces heroes.

Federick 9 years ago
I cant believe how you like games like this one.

Alex 9 years ago
Ok trion. You've got me intruiged. Now don't ruin it like so many other games have.

Paul 9 years ago
can someone tell me the specs for this game please?

Adolf H. 9 years ago
Everyone know it, this game is already dead @asia, and if they keep p2p model will be dead here too.

Oozone 9 years ago
BioWare, this is what FREETOPLAY means.

Fifialo 9 years ago
"No Trials, No Tricks, No Traps" gee they sure know what they are talking about, that phrase is pretty cool, and just that phrase tells us that they know how stupid other dev companies are killing their players. Loving how these games are coming along, Tera, Aion and Rift, you guys are DaBomb!

not surprised. 9 years ago
I knew this game would go free to play in the end from the start when they started advertising it on tv.

Cyberpunk 9 years ago
Might actually give this RPG a try

Uteliukas 9 years ago
Much new people will arrive ofc, but many noobs aswell... :/

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Rareloot 9 years ago
It's funny because just last month I was playing this game, and I was hearing tons of people saying the only reason they DO play Rift is because it's P2P, and that if it ever went F2P they'd quit.

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dagudman 9 years ago
Why does the video has speed. Also it's funny that you can still understand everything at X1.5

Takerukun3 9 years ago
you'll be able to get everything in game, slowly af C:

Uteliukas 9 years ago
Will u be able to lvl up to the max lvl if ur a free member and acces like 95% of the whole content or it will be like a trial? U know, u cant max up your level and such things...?

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FreeFallin 9 years ago
TERA Wannabe's

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Yay4 9 years ago
Who cares if it's free? It's a bad game

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rakanms 9 years ago
everything goes free to play these days tera and rift and soon i think it well be world of warcraft but no world of warcraft no free

Gamer X 9 years ago
well again AnYone can please tell me how big is it cuz I am planning to play it :)

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Akshansh 9 years ago
I can't digest this . How is it possible ? Well I am very happy . But I wonder what led to this!

Gamer X 9 years ago
oh also this is a new step for Trion worlds I think correct me if mistaken

jesterhead 9 years ago
Mad respect for this game going completely free.
Now if we can get SWTOR to follow the same model.... i still think their "profits" are bogus. seeing as no one wants to play a game where you can't even change your title without paying real cash...

Aniza 9 years ago
I was talking to my bf just the other day about this, and we were saying we'd return to the game if it ever went Free to Play. I'm soo happy for this <3

Angelicxx 9 years ago
Holy Shit!!!!! the f2p market is getting some killers added to the zonra wasnt expecting this at all..it seems like f2p in b2p models are really taking over the mmo market now in days...might as well say goodbye to sub mmos for while cause alot of sub games or turning f2p or b2p now O.0 :O

Bic Boi 9 years ago
We have yet another reason NOT to play SWTOR! Rift seems to have the proper idea of how F2P should be. Now if the remaining P2P games go F2P I'm sure SWTOR will sink and die. I say die because I doubt EA will have the balls to backstep on their idea of gimping people for money.

Props to trion.

¬¬ 9 years ago
what is the requirements to run this game or we need an alien pc to play?

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iKlone 9 years ago
Yeah, woo hoo, that's right, more free mooching, yeah ... nah, probably invest quite a bit in this game, now that I dumped WoW. Years of playing the same old game pretty much did it for me. Will get into Rift instead, always been a keen observer with this game. Now, got money to burn on this game.

tolshortte 9 years ago
got Rift and SL expansion for free when i bought defiance on steam. thought of trying Rift out. but now thats its f2p i wont bother. f2p communities are the worst. i never group up in f2p games, i usually turn chat off and tinker around until boredom sets in. and in f2p games that usually doesnt take very long

honestly have been thinking of giving up gaming altogether as of late. games are slimmed down, content is weak, and gameplay hasnt improved in years. add to that the companies go for the quick strike sales motto and it overall has brought the industry down as far as im concerned.

when f2p games first hit the market i thought they had the potential of doing something great, but for the most part its only encouraged welfare gamers to troll and destroy the few good games out there. Rift appears to be the next victim. its hard for a company to make a good game and actually get back the money they want to spend on it when the market is filled with games targeting impulse buyers with ADD

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The Truth 9 years ago
F2P a good model to go with these days there profits will probably double. But the bad side bots will over run the game gold sellers will triple and the spam will increase and never end untill it withers away like all other MMORPGS that either start as F2P or switch over. But hey who cares about the game economy right least it's F2P.

Zhao Yun 9 years ago
honestly never heard the mmo rift up till now it looks impressive if its going f2p then why not try it

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Urs0 9 years ago
They had to do it... and they stayed p2p longer than I expected

they are too late, I'm not interested in this game anymore

MechroJay 9 years ago
wow, this is probably because Defiance was such a success...

Iphigenie 9 years ago
Well....surprise? What am i supposed to say about something that obvious?

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Tednikea 9 years ago
Yeye! Great news this alongside with they key I got from dragon's prophet from your site were they greatest news I could have for today :)

Velorx 9 years ago
Will the storm legion expansion also be included for free?

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Knipknap 9 years ago
Yeaaaaa baby!!!!!!

R0ck3t 9 years ago
So it isent going to be like SWTOR :?

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Spammie 9 years ago
In yo face EA your buisness model is trash compared to this lol ! Glad to see it happening ! Will make a video at the end of the week with all the news as usual on my youtube channel, really excited :)

PVT Richard 9 years ago
Well..To be honest, I've never played that game, but watched videos, read reviews, etc.
Shame that it's going F2P because we all know, that happens because game is not bringing enough profit, or new players, or whatever. And there is always a risk that it can be closed forever.
Secret World will be the same, and all these fancy MMOs which thought they can survive on P2P mode. I'll not be surprised that Defiance will be the same, just not now...but..we'll see.

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HellcatM 9 years ago
This is good news, I wonder what brought this on? I hope they find a way to make Defiance F2P.

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TSanDSouP 9 years ago
OMG!!!! F2P

Thretcha 9 years ago
This gives us a lot of hope that archage could also get f2p when its released !
Can't waif to check Rift out :)
Cya in game

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BUnicutZza 9 years ago
LIVE STREAM COVERAGE – Join LIVE at twitch.tv/trionworlds for the latest free-to-play details and discussion :

May 17 - Free-to-Play Overview 1:30pm PDT Friday,
May 31 - REX, Loyalty, & Gifting 1:30pm PDT Friday,
June 7 - Dendrome Preview 1:30pm PDT Friday,
June 14 - Update 2.3: Empyreal Assault 1:30pm PDT Friday,

*Recordings will also be uploaded to YouTube channel following each broadcast: http://www.youtube.com/riftmmo

BUnicutZza 9 years ago
I am a very social player and like games that makes you play together not only for pvp that requires coordination and map awareness + communication but also in pve , and this game makes it fun to complete quest with people you don't know, especially participating in world events ( my favorites).
I salute the initiative to make the game ftp , myself will definitely play it again. If you wanna play a game in that you don't feel like you play alone, but you know its an mmo and interaction with other players its low, and you want to play a good social game also, this is it, see you in the game , respect.

Zalor 9 years ago
R.I.P. another good game gone. Let's hope the F2P model doesn't completely destroy this game.

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Acehunter 9 years ago
Finally I love this game now i dont have to pay (didnt pay for it even if i like it)

Gamer X 9 years ago
OMG !! wasn't excpecting that AT all well I think that was because the sales of it weren't going good latley ... I think

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Okofire 9 years ago
Finally, After paying the game subscription through steam and not working.
I hope i can still get my pre-purchase items.

caboose077 9 years ago
FINALLY! i've been hoping they would make this free!

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NiBLeR 9 years ago
пикольно, что эта игра наконец-то перешла на F2P!

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NiBlEr 9 years ago

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