Trion Worlds has announced that Rift will be going free to play starting June 12th. They’re promising no tricks and no traps. There will be the standard three tiered system. The completely free, those who own Rift and those who own Storm Legion/Subscribe. All levels will have complete access to all of the game’s content, including that from the Storm Legion expansion. But those who choose to remain subscribed will get bonuses like an always on 10% Mount Speed bonus and 15% Currency bonus along with other boosts and summons. Those who have previously purchased Rift or Storm Legion will not loose anything they already have. And most importantly the Rift in game store will be expanded with mounts, gear, boosts, companion pets, and much more. Trion will be taking to Twitch to cover some topics on the transition so be sure to watch them if there is anything you want to know more about or if you have questions not answered yet. The schedule is as follows:
Free-to-play Overview: 1:30PM Pacific Friday May 17
REX, Loyalty, and Gifting: 1:30PM Pacific Friday May 31
Dendrome Preview: 1:30 Pacific Friday June 7
Update 2.3 Empyreal Assault Pacific 1:30 Friday June 14
There is also a new developer’s letter on the Rift website which goes into more detail on the thoughts behind the change and what being a new player to Rift means, including the few restrictions like bag space and how many characters you can have. It also talks about the new currency called REX which is purchased with real money and can be traded in game. And it ends with a sneak peek at Updates 2.3 and 2.4. The dev team is also doing an AMA on Reddit starting at 10AM Pacific.