As many of you already know, Rift is headed Free-to-Play starting on June 12th. If you happened to have purchased a copy of the game, what you may not know is that Rift just went F2P early for those who own a copy of the MMO.
Trion Worlds confirmed this through a Twitter post, welcoming old timers back to Telara:
Pssst, do own RIFT? Here’s a secret – now you can keep playing for FREE, FOREVER. Thanks for being awesome, welcome back & have fun!
— RIFT (@Riftgame) June 4, 2013
Obviously, if you have never owned Rift then this doesn’t do much for you. However, many users have pointed out an effective method of getting both Rift and the its expansion for free. Currently, those who signup to use the gamer oriented social networking client Raptr can download Rift and play the lite version in order to unlock the full game plus the Storm Legion expansion for free. You will have to clock in about 14 hours ingame with the Raptr client running, but you do not have to be actually ingame for the time to count. This means you can simply alt-tab and do other things or have it running overnight.
This also benefits you once Rift goes completely F2P, as players who own a full copy of the game get upgraded to 6 character and 5 bag slots. Not only that, but if you own the expansion you also get access to the additional souls that were added with it. Even if you already owned the base client you can still run Raptr in order to unlock the expansion making it a win-win for everyone.
If you’d like to see what exactly your gaining as a box copy owner of Rift be sure to check out the handy Rift F2P FAQ here.