Trion, unlike many MMO developers, is willing to take risks at times for the betterment of RIFT. We received an announcement regarding one such risk yesterday, when Elrar invited Public Test Shard (PTS) players to join the team on Tuesday, August 14th at 4 PM PST to test out a completely new style of PvP gameplay– Normalized PvP. Yep– normalized stats across the board, including baseline reductions to damage done and healing done, as well as a reduction to healing debuffs. This will mean that gear won’t matter, but PA, consumables, temporary abilities, and class abilities will.
Sounds pretty risky, right? Trion fully understands that, which is why both Elrar and Daglar repeated the fact that this is merely a test– an experiment. In fact, the test that will be conducted on the PTS today is merely a precursor for the real test, which will be taking place on live servers at a later date and will last one week. After the week, the change will be completely reverted. The team will then take the metrics and data recorded during the live test, and see if it’s even worthwhile to take the idea further.