Rift opening on PCs March 1

Posted on January 05, 2011

Trion Worlds’ terraforming fantasy MMORPG dated for early 2011, digital and retail preorder incentives now available.

Trion Worlds entered the gaming scene in 2006 and in short order began working on a trio of projects. Now, the first of those games is ready for primetime, as the California-based developer announced today that its “dyanmic” fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game Rift will launch for the PC in North America on March 1. The game’s European rollout will follow on March 4.

As its title might suggest, the game’s premise is that of “rifts” in space-time that are playing havoc with the land of Telara and threatening to tear the fabric of the universe. Trion noted that the world will be highly malleable, as these rifts can be triggered by players or the development team, and they can also occur spontaneously. Their arrival will apparently alter the landscape, as well as open up new areas for exploration.

Interested gamers looking to get a head-start in the game can do so by preordering the digital or retail edition of the game, beginning today. Those who prepurchase the game will be able to access Rift’s servers beginning February 24, and they’ll also be offered a choice of in-game pets. Preorderers will also be eligible to participate in all remaining closed-beta testing events, a schedule for which is available on Rift’s Web site.

Rift is available in three different configurations: Standard ($50), Digital Collector’s Edition ($60), and Retail Collector’s Edition ($80). The game also carries a $15 monthly subscription charge, with the first month being included in the game’s purchase price. For a limited time, Trion is offering promotional $10-a-month pricing as part of the “Founder’s Pricing” plan.

For more on Rift, check out GameSpot’s previous coverage.

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Rift opening on PCs March 1” was posted by Tom Magrino on Tue, 04 Jan 2011 17:43:25 -0800

The Future of … Everything ! All of our Epictober Future of Posts

Posted on October 15, 2010

The Future of ... Everything ! All of our Epictober Future of Posts

This week during Epictober, we took a look at the future of the major game genres and highlighted what lies beyond the horizon in the storm of games that are approaching on an imminent tidal wave of inbound 2010 titles. What shooters should you be prepared for? What fighting games should be on your radar? If leaping and jumping is your thing, then what platformers should you start thinking about?

Keep reading to get an excerpt from each of our prognosticating posts, and then head on to read the full features. Thanks for helping us make everything all the more Epic!

The Future of Shooters: Looking Forward At Crysis 2, Gears of War 3, Duke Nukem Forever And More

The Future of Shooters

  • Duke Nukem Forever: So why are we looking forward to DNF? Because it’s Duke f*&$king Nukem and it’s actually happening. Before PAX, I would have been more willing to believe that my mother had taken up stripping at 60 than to believe that DNF would ever come out. You saw my mom naked on stage dancing to “ABC” by the Jackson 5? Sure. Duke Nukem is coming out? Go f&*k yourself.

The Future of Action / Adventure Games: Looking Forward At Bioshock: Infinite, L.A. Noire, The Last Guardian And More

The Future of Action / Adventure

  • Batman: Arkham City: Arkham City refers to a section of Gotham which newly elected mayor Quincy Sharp has ordained as “no man’s land.” Sharp takes all the citiy’s various criminals and locks them in a slum, with no supervision. The rest of Gotham is kept safe by armed guards who patrol the perimeter. When Two-Face brings Catwoman into Arkham City with the intention of murdering her, Batman is forced to swing into action, save the day and crack some skulls along the way.

The Future of Platformers: Looking Forward At Portal 2, Disney Epic Mickey, LittleBigPlanet 2 And More

The Future of Platformers

  • LittleBigPlanet2: Sure, the original LittleBigPlanet is a play on the traditional platformer, and so is the upcoming sequel…but only if you want it to be. With all the new user-creation modes, the ability to transform this loveable Sackboy adventure into an RTS, an FPS or an arcade-style shooter – hell, pretty much any genre you could take the time to re-create – is poised to make LittleBigPlanet 2 into the ultimate meta-game.

The Future of ... Everything ! All of our Epictober Future of Posts

The Future of Fighters

  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds: Definitely one of the most eagerly anticipated fighters in years, MvC3 seems hell-bent on dribbling out information about the game, one character at a time. Could you ever have imagined that we would have Arthur from Ghosts ‘n Goblins and M.O.D.O.K. from the Marvel Universe in the game? I mean, the guy is just a giant head in a floating chair. Gimme some Captain Britain or The Beyonder or something. I just can’t rally behind bighead.

The Future of ... Everything ! All of our Epictober Future of Posts

The Future of RPGs

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: A fully-voiced MMORPG is something that might have seemed damn near impossible a few years back, but leave it up to BioWare to actually make this absurdly ambitious prospect a reality. This also happens to be the first Star Wars-based title from the developer since it unleashed one of the greatest games of all time, RPG or otherwise, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, so it has that going for it, which is nice.

The Future of ... Everything ! All of our Epictober Future of Posts

The Future of Strategy Games

  • Rock of Ages: Of all the strategy games on this list, it’s nearly impossible not to be the most excited about Rock of Ages, and that is due in no small part to the fact that it is entirely off the wall. In this game, you use a giant boulder to blow through 30 different unit types in an effort to destroy your enemy. But, these unit types are meant to stop your big, giant, rolling, round rock. It’s just that simple. You set up your ball and try to squash your opponent and pound his castle into splinters, while he sets up obstacles in your bath to throw your ball off course.

The Future of ... Everything ! All of our Epictober Future of Posts

The Future of Motion Control

  • Sorcery: Finally, a game that lets you use the Move for something that makes perfect sense. Without trying to shove it in somewhere it doesn’t necessarily belong, Sorcery allows you to play as a wizard with a magic wand. This isn’t wimpy s@%t, though. You’ll use your wand to hurl magic missiles and do other awesome wizard stuff. Out of all the upcoming PlayStation Move titles, Sorcery excites us the most. It might seem a little on the head to use the Move as a wand, but why fight it? Being a wizard sounds good to us.

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Crosshairs–Def Jam Rapstar, Shogun 2: Total War, Runes of Magic

Posted on October 15, 2010

In the 100th episode of Crosshairs, we torture you with our hands-on with Def Jam Rapstar, and speak to the developers behind Shogun 2: Total War and free-to-play MMORPG Runes of Magic. Plus, some special hairy memories.

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Crosshairs–Def Jam Rapstar, Shogun 2: Total War, Runes of Magic” was posted by edmondt on Fri, 15 Oct 2010 02:52:24 -0700

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