Thursday, May 27, 2010

Rift: Planes of Telara

A couple posts back when I discussed some of the upcoming MMO's, Rift: Planes of Telara was not on that list. To be honest, I had seen the title and a few screenshots and immediately thought of Aion's rifts. Thinking it was yet another Eastern open PvP MMO, I just overlooked the game.

So here I was Sunday night watching four and a half hours of the Lost finale (yikes!) and reading the latest issue of Beckett Massive Online Gamer during those hundreds of commercials. One of the articles included an interview with Scott Hartsman on Rift. Hey, that's the EQ/EQ2 guy. Reading further I learned they have some tremendous talent on this team from just about every Western MMO made. They've got people who worked on diplomacy in Vanguard, as well as the public quests in Warhammer.

The world will be seamless with no zoning. Your decisions often will affect the world around you and your future dealings with NPC's. They also plan to have different ruleset servers--PvP, PvE, RP, etc. Checking out their official forums, I was amazed at the number of names I recognized from EQ2 and Vanguard. Given the large PvE following, there have been posts wanting clarification of forced PvP via the rifts. Mr. Hartsman's answer was "I didn't say 'it could never happen' just 'not as a matter of course' (e.g. all over the place, when you're not expecting it, etc - That would be unsmart/unfun.)"

Rift is still at least a year or two from release and one I've definitely added to my watch list. I'm hoping from the feedback they've been getting they might reconsider the "occasional forced PvP" at least on a separate ruleset server. Otherwise the large following they have from EQ/EQ2/Vanguard may likely move on, as will I.


Yeebo said...

Interesting. Another upcoming MMO that wasn't on my radar at all.

I have to say I'm right there with you. I like my PvP sectioned off into zones where I'm expecting it. And I don't like being forced into a PvP area to level. I like the option of leveling in one (BGs are a lot of fun in DAoC for example), I just don't like being forced into it.

Thallian said...

thanks for pointing this one out Aspen, it does sound interesting.

Bhagpuss said...

I had the same experience. Not sure why I had this game pegged as a badly-translated import, but I did. Then I saw an article on it somewhere that mentioned Scott Hartsman's name, visited the website and was enlightened. They really need better marketing.

It's on my HotList now, along with GW2 and FFXIV.

Aspendawn said...

So it wasn't just me who didn't really know about this one. It is kind of early still I guess, but hopefully they start working on their exposure later this year.

Seeing all the SOE gamers on their forums, kind of funny how we follow dev names we're familiar with. Especially considering it seems to have a heavy pvp focus. I hope they realize their target audience is the Western player.