Date: Nov 16, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article  |  DISQUS With Us: 2 comments

trove what we know RJ

I know, I know. Trove isn’t RIFT. Still, Trove is looking pretty cool, especially if you’re a big fan of dungeon adventuring and dimension-building (or both!). What is Trove, you say? Trove is Trion’s just-announced-yesterday adventure MMO stylized with cubes and a whole lot of player creativity. During yesterday’s Trion live stream, the team designated a solid chunk of time to announcing Trove, showing off Trove gameplay, and answering a bunch of questions from the community regarding the game. Oh, yeah, and did we mention Trove is also going to be free-to-play with a public Alpha? You can even sign up for Alpha now.

We put together a pretty extensive writeup of all things Trove and all things we know about Trove over on Junkies Nation. Head on over to check it out. As a note, we’ll be moving all future Trove coverage over to Junkies Nation (as that’s our multi-MMO/game site) from now on, so make sure to give the site a bookmark if you’d like to keep tabs on it.

Date: Oct 24, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Buzz  |  DISQUS With Us: 2 comments

extra life 2013

Trion Worlds has big plans for Extra Life this year! Beginning this year on November 2nd, Extra Life is a 25-hour gaming fundraising event aimed to raise money for children’s hospitals. All of the proceeds will go directly toward the cause. Trion’s team consists of over 240 participants and their goal is to raise over $25,000. RIFT players and Defiance players can choose to participate in a variety of ways– they can join the Trion Worlds Extra Life team and take part in the day-long marathon, they can donate money toward the cause, or they can simply hang out with the team and support them as they live stream for the entire 25 hours.

There are in-game rewards for taking part in the event, of course. By participating as a team member or by donating, players will be eligible to receive unique titles, Defiance lockboxes, pets, and perhaps even a hellbug mount or two. All team members will also get a free PC copy of Defiance and a starter pack for RIFT. Even players who are not taking part will be able to participate in the festivities by enjoying a weekend with game-wide experience and planar currency boosts as well as the return of corgi rifts in RIFT and a special Extra Life vendor in Defiance.

Check out all the details on the official RIFT website.

Date: Aug 30, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: 5 comments

celebration bonus weekend

While members of the Trion community team are enjoying the weekend at PAX Prime, we’ll be able to celebrate a bit at home as well. Aside from the special live streams taking place, RIFT players will be receiving special celebration bonuses in-game that will last throughout the weekend and even into next week. These bonuses are also Trion’s way of apologizing for the recent lag we’ve been experiencing. Here are the bonuses:

in game bonuses

Keep in mind that even though the in-game message says the bonuses are for subscribers, that message simply hasn’t been updated since the free-to-play conversion. This weekend’s bonuses apply to all RIFT players.

Date: Aug 21, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Buzz  |  DISQUS With Us: 5 comments

purty

With the fair bit of negativity still circling the RIFT community, it’s sometimes not a bad idea to look at something slightly more positive in times like this. In a recent interview with [a]list daily, Trion Worlds’ senior vice president of marketing Noah Maffitt had a look at the effects of RIFT‘s move to free-to-play and the outlook of the future in general for Trion. Now, while Trion isn’t required to report their exact earnings like a lot of MMORPG publishers, we’ve heard a few solid hints about the profits that F2P has brought to RIFT. It’s pretty obvious, in fact, just from all of the new players the transition has brought to the game.

“Trion has undergone major changes this year, and one big one was the transition of the MMORPG Rift from subscription to free-to-play. “I’m actually very pleased with how the team has executed on it,” Maffitt said. “It was a planned transition that’s taken months and months to do. They’ve thought through all the little details very well. We actually saw our sales go up after we announced free-to-play, because we think we have a compelling package around that transition. Our player counts have gone way up, as well. All early signs are good.””

Maffitt goes on in the article to talk more about the future of Trion and the lessons the company has learned from Defiance as well as how the company has handled things from a marketing point of view. Check out the full article to read more.

Date: Aug 19, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article  |  DISQUS With Us: 11 comments

hartsman live stream title

Things are a-changin’ over at Trion Worlds. Over a week ago, Scott Hartsman announced his return to the company as CEO. We also heard about the closure of Trion’s San Diego studio as well as the closure of the European Trion branch. This week– last Friday, specifically– the RIFT community suffered a pretty big bombshell when we found out that Elrar is with Trion no longer.

Anyone who’s ever enjoyed any of Trion’s TwitchTV live streams couldn’t help but instantly fall in love with James “Elrar” Nichols, former Community Manager. The guy’s just got one of those goofy, fun-loving personalities that showcased his love for the RIFT community and for the game perfectly. He was professional, quick about providing updates, and was always a pleasure to work with. He’ll be missed– there’s no question about it.

After the news of Elrar’s departure was announced, Elizabeth “dahanese” Tobey, Director of Community, explained that Trion is in the middle of going through some major restructuring. She’ll be taking over being our RIFT community spokesperson, main forum representative, and will head the community teams for all Trion games. During Friday’s live stream extravaganza, we found out a little more information and were also reassured that while Trion is going through major restructuring, any changes made to RIFT will be improvements.

Date: Feb 1, 2013  |  Written by Jessica Cook  |  Posted Under: Article  |  DISQUS With Us: 1 comment

rift-archeage-comparison

Last week Trion Worlds announced that they would be publishing XLGAMES’ new MMORPG ArcheAge for Western audiences. At first glance it might seem unusual for a company that already has one MMO (or even two once Defiance launches) to run what could be a competing title, but although RIFT and ArcheAge share some of the same general mechanics there seem to be more differences than similarities.

Date: Jan 25, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: 3 comments

archeage

Trion Worlds is starting to become quite the ambitious MMOG developer, producer, and publishing company. In a very awesome move to most fans of RIFT and Trion and SyFy’s upcoming DEFIANCE project, Trion announced yesterday that they are teaming up with XLGAMES to bring the hugely ambitious, sandbox-style Eastern MMORPG ArcheAge to Western audiences. Trion will become the localized publisher for the game. No release dates or beta dates are known yet, but Trion does have a placeholder website in place already.

Now, if you haven’t heard much about ArcheAge yet, it’s showing a lot of promise in Korea, mainly due to the ways in which players will be able to participate in a wide variety of innovative, open activities. We’re talking in-game gems like naval combat, the ability to build your own ships and housing, large-scale PvP siege combat, an arena system, aerial gliding, and customized pet, farming, and judicial systems. If you’d like to find out more about the game, XLGAMES has a few video trailers available on the current ArcheAge site.

The official press release for the announcement can be found on Trion’s website.

Date: Jan 23, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: 2 comments

scott hartsman

A rather large bombshell was dropped during yesterday’s first half of RIFT’s second annual State of the Game address (also known as Producer’s Letter). Scott Hartsman, who has been the Executive Producer for RIFT since the beginning, is stepping down from the position and leaving Trion. He left Dahanese with this letter for the RIFT community:

I wanted to let you know that I’m stepping down from my position here at Trion. It’s been an amazing time, working with some of the best developers anywhere, getting the company’s first game off the ground, taking it all the way through a multitude of amazing updates, then to Storm Legion, and even a little bit beyond.

Thanks for all of your support and dedication throughout.

The good news is that if you enjoy what’s been going on in RIFT lately, the folks who are now in charge are the same ones who have been making all of the game-impacting decisions, both to content and gameplay, for some time now. You’ll definitely be hearing from Bill Fisher, the lead game designer soon with some exciting updates. They love and play the game a lot as well and I feel strongly that RIFT couldn’t be in better hands.

This time at Trion has truly been an amazing journey. It’s been my great privilege to have been a part of it.

And I’ll still see you in RIFT.
Scott Hartsman

Daglar will be finishing off the continuation of the Producer’s Letter later today, where we’ll undoubtedly find out more about what Trion has in store for us in the coming year. Best of luck to Scott Hartsman in his future endeavors. He’ll be missed.

Date: Jan 7, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Buzz  |  DISQUS With Us: No comments yet

botting and trion

Now that Storm Legion’s been out for a while and the holidays have come to an end, many members of the RIFT community are becoming a little concerned. Why’s that? Because of Trion’s lack of recent community interaction and support. Botting has been a problem on and off in the game for a while, especially since the addition of fishing, but it has never been as rampant as it is now. Fishing bots are helping inflate the in-game economy on many shards, and AFK leveling has also been an issue in the expansion. Trion has yet to say much about either.

Many players are also concerned about Trion’s general lack of recent community support when it comes to player harassment and in-game chat and name moderation. There has been an influx of new and returning players in RIFT since Storm Legion, and many of the chat channels across multiple shards are becoming a little hostile. The official forums have also been fairly quiet as of late. Between Trion’s recent flux of layoffs and the winter holidays, a bit of silence is to be expected, but how much silence is too much, exactly?

Date: Oct 18, 2012  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: No comments yet

Yesterday Trion announced all the details about this year’s huge Extra Life event, which is taking place this coming Saturday. Participating players will be able to swap between shards if they so choose, including exploring Storm Legion’s second beta, which begins on Friday.

Here’s a preview:

“We’ve made some adjustments that allow us to tell who has played a full day on any shard, including BETA, for the full 24 hours. This means that you can mix and match your playtime so you don’t have to miss out on raids or playing with your friends while still being a part of the festivities!

Want to hang out with us? We’ll be spending the majority of our time on the Laethys and BETA shards – if you want to get in on the sheepening, naked runs, and other shenanigans this is where you’ll want to be. And of course, if you’re just joining us and want to know where the action is currently happening, we’ll be Live Streaming most of it starting between 8-10AM on Saturday at www.twitch.tv/trionworlds.”

Returning participants will receive the “Sleepless” prefix title and first-timers will receive “the Insomniac” suffix. Elrar is also going to be hosting a fun bonus challenge of sorts, where participants can make a level 1 character on Laethys and compete for prizes by aiming for special goals while leveling. There have also been alleged rumors about some corgi-type action taking course over the weekend, including a nifty achievement, rift, and shall we say… a fluffy title? Yes, definitely fluffy.

Check out all the details on Trion’s Community Blog, and prepare for a RIFTtastic weekend.

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