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Rift going Free 2 Play

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Trion Worlds has announced that its fantasy MMO, Rift, will be ditching its subscription fee from June 12.

On that date the game's update 2.3 will launch, bringing with it a free-to-play model. A subscription option will still be available for those players wanting to receive "Patron" status, which will grant bonuses to currency, mount speed and certain types of experience among other things.


While a chart on the official site details exactly what those who'd prefer not to spend a penny will receive, Trion Worlds has explained that everyone will be able to download, log in and play all of the game's dungeons, Warfronts and raids with no level restrictions.

Seeing as the developer laid off roughly a third of its dev team back in December, it's not hugely surprising to see the MMO go the way of fellow sub-ditchers TeraThe Secret World and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Even World of Warcraft, undeniably the most successful subscription MMO of all time, last week reported subscriber numbers had fallen by 1.3 million to 8 million.

All of this comes together to paint quite an interesting picture for the genre. With high profile releases later this year set to include The Elder Scrolls Online and WildStar, neither of which has revealed a pricing plan, the question of whether we should be paying to play MMOs still seems up in the air.







It all started with Guild Wars 2....

Edited by foxclon

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