http://massively.joystiq.com/2011/11/04/trions-hal-hanlin-and-mike-daugherty-give-details-on-rifts-upd/RIFT has gained a reputation for its fast and furious pace of updates, and doesn't appear to be ready to shed that image any time soon. Players are currently participating in the Ashes of History world event, and learning some clues about a mysterious new island, which is due soon with Update 1.6. In addition to the launch of a new overland zone, Ember Isle, there will be new group content, new zone invasion mechanics, and a new feature called "Instant Adventures." Design Director Hal Hanlin and Content Lead Mike Daugherty took some time to talk to Massively about Update 1.6. Read on for highlights from the interview.
Hanlin and Daugherty began by discussing the lore of Ashes of History, and how it will tie in with update 1.6. Hanlin explained that players are currently reconstructing travel stones located throughout Telara. Strange creatures are teleporting through and hinting that their destination was supposed to be Ember Isle. In addition, the Golden Maw are delivering stockpiles of treasure over to the island. Daugherty added that once players reach Ember Isle, there are many different planar armies on the island, trying to hatch their own plans and exploit the island for its resources. The world event will conclude with players having the ability to use the travel stones to journey over to Ember Isle.
Ember Isle and changes to invasions
I asked about a new addition called sourcewells, and Daugherty explained that it's an attempt to have players focus more on the invasion gameplay. In current zones, the team realized that invasions could be fun, but when they begin to take over quest hubs, it got a little old. On Ember Isle, players have the ability to upgrade hubs with a new planar ability called Nexus Infusion, and essentially summon the invasion to them. Hanlin added that the team learned from their experience with ancient wardstones, which didn't work the way they had hoped. With sourcewells, the zone events take advantage of the sourcewell locations, so players can create their own hotspots, gather together, and upgrade things like defensive turrets and lifesprings that heal players, to protect and defend an outpost. Another thing that players mentioned is that during zone events, they felt they couldn't go on offense because they were too busy protecting the wardstones. Sourcewells should give a lot more flexibility in what players can do during an invasion, and also give them a little more control over when they happen.
Hanlin said that players of all levels will be able to travel to Ember Isle, which acts as the culmination of the World Event. But he added that lower-level players should stick to the safety of the outpost. Ember Isle is for level 50 players, and Daugherty added that it's even a bit rough for those who are fresh 50s. Mobs are level 52, and the team wanted to provide a challenge to veteran level 50s who have been gearing up. Hanlin did say that fresh 50s could indeed do the content, but they would need to be much more careful with their pulls and where they wander.
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is this game still alive? It prolly is otherwise chinese scammer would try to get credit card # enmasse :
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That's not a scammer, they were hacked.
Yeah, they did a notification when you logged in as well. When you changed your password you had to use letters, numbers, and symbols and anywhere from 8 to 512 characters with sentence support.