RIFT‘s Design Director Simon Ffinch recently took part in an interview with the team over at ZAM. During the interview, he talked about the next year of RIFT and what the folks at Trion might have in store for us. While he didn’t disclose too many hints, he did hit on a few interesting tidbits including what we might see developed next for dimension lovers, thoughts on Storm Legion‘s more difficult puzzle system (and hope for those who had hoped for a puzzle system closer to classic RIFT‘s), and last but not least– some interesting hints regarding the opening of the Infinity Gate.
Keep reading to take a look at what he had to say.
Regarding Trion’s plans for future dimension additions:
“So yes, we’ve got some pretty amazing ideas lined up and we’re just now trying to figure out how best to roll those out. But more than just ‘Hey, look at my dimension, isn’t it awesome?’ it’s ‘Hey, come to my dimension, and do this!’ “
This sounds like Trion has plans to make dimensions a little more interactive and a little less of a pure showcase home-away-from-home. An excellent idea!
Regarding some of the somewhat-negative feedback received on the new Storm Legion puzzle system:
“But I have listened to and I do know that there are some of the slightly casual players that enjoyed the way the puzzles were in classic RIFT – a little bit easier to come across and do – and so I am going to be addressing that in an upcoming patch. I’m not just going to be giving it away so that the people that have persevered and done it the hard way, I’m not just suddenly going to let them do it whenever they like, but I am going to give a secondary path for people to figure out how to do the prerequisites that allow you to even attempt the puzzle.”
And finally, ZAM asked about the opening of the Infinity Gate event, and about what surprises may be in store for us:
“It’s actually a little more complicated than a lot of players are probably thinking. I’m looking forward to seeing the speculation after this gets out there. One of the things that I love, love most is the conversations and the amazing attention to detail in theories and stuff, some of them so unbelievably wrong, and others so incredibly spot-on. It’s really amazing to see it as well, and very entertaining and wonderful. I think we have a great community and I love our players; an amazing bunch.”
For a while now, most of us have speculated about the Infinity Gate serving as a technological device that will allow the Ascended to travel beyond Telara and take the fight to each of the elemental planes. Is this what Simon Ffinch is referring to here? It’s hard to say, but either way, it’s certainly an interesting comment.
Check out the full interview over at ZAM. And yes, it really is three pages long!