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Rift Starts 2012 with New Subscription Plans, Free Month

Trion Worlds this week sent over an email announcing new subscription plans for its fantasy-based (World of Warcraft killer) MMORPG, Rift. The new plans are actually rather competitive, asking a mere $99 USD for a entire year's worth of Telara madness. If that's a bit too steep for your wallet, Rift now offers three months for $12.99 USD and six months for $10.99 USD.

But wait, there's more! Any multi-month subscription plan purchased in the month of January comes with a complimentary 30 days of game time. Bonus game time is applied automatically after the initial subscription period ends for any of the three said plans.

"It’s been an amazing year for Trion’s first critically acclaimed title, which recently received 'Game of the Year' accolades from MMORPG.com and 'Best MMO Game' from IGN.com," the company said on Thursday. "The development team is currently working on the seventh major patch for the game, which is due out in the next several weeks."

Compared to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, Rift subscription plans are rather cheap. As of December 2011, one month of World of Warcraft costs $14.99 USD whereas a three-month subscription costs $13.99 USD per month and a six-month subscription costs $12.99 USD per month. Note that both World of Warcraft and Rift require users to pay the 3-month and 6-month subscriptions in full at the beginning of the billing cycle.

Here's a description of the game for the uninitiated:

Adventure in the world of Telara as either a noble Guardian or technomagical Defiant and enter a dynamic fantasy where 8 primal forces battle for control in an ever-changing landscape. Build your own class using the Ascended Soul system, embark on epic conflicts that bring you into the story, battle others in exhilarating Player vs. Player combat, achieve new heights of power by tackling epic raids, and so much more.

  • Netherscourge
    Thank goodness for competitive pricing.

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  • classzero
    Meh, I have grown tired of pay to play. Probably going to cancel SWTOR soon and go back to single player games. Skyrim sounds good with loads of game time I hear.
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  • bloodymaze
    If that's a bit too steep for your wallet, Rift now offers three months for $12.99 USD and six months for $10.99 USD.

    Definitely meant: three months for $12.99 USD per month and six months for $10.99 USD per month.
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  • soccerplayer88
    Does anyone really care about Rift anymore? Any game that has ever sought to directly take down WoW has failed. When will developers realize that Blizzard's goliath of an MMO will always crush any other MMO that attempts to clone it?

    WoW had a fun run, but quite honestly, it's sucked all the aspects of replaying another MMO for me. I don't want to level another character to do the same thing I was doing before in another game. Developers need to reach out and start coming up with some fresh ideas. Prospects of hearing that Planetside 2 (FPSMMO) or any other MMO that can think outside the box and accomplish the same if not more of their goals is something I look forward to.

    But then again... this is Trion Worlds (lol) we're talking about here. They spit out MMO's faster then Nadya Suleman can birth babies.
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  • classzero
    soccerplayer88 Prospects of hearing that Planetside 2 (FPSMMO) ...
    I would be interested in playing Planetside 2. I enjoyed Planetside.
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  • classzero
    bloodymazeDefinitely meant: three months for $12.99 USD per month and six months for $10.99 USD per month.
    I got that as well, but I would check it out for at least 3 months if it was truly 12.99 for 3 mo.
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  • soccerplayer88Does anyone really care about Rift anymore? Any game that has ever sought to directly take down WoW has failed. When will developers realize that Blizzard's goliath of an MMO will always crush any other MMO that attempts to clone it?WoW had a fun run, but quite honestly, it's sucked all the aspects of replaying another MMO for me. I don't want to level another character to do the same thing I was doing before in another game. Developers need to reach out and start coming up with some fresh ideas. Prospects of hearing that Planetside 2 (FPSMMO) or any other MMO that can think outside the box and accomplish the same if not more of their goals is something I look forward to.But then again... this is Trion Worlds (lol) we're talking about here. They spit out MMO's faster then Nadya Suleman can birth babies.
    Rift currently is a much better game that WoW. I very much enjoyed Rift myself, but the pace at which its content is being created to consumed, it cannot keep up and satisfy the demands of some subscribers. I wouldn't say Rift has failed. Look at the loss of WoW subscribers, there's a large base, but there's a lot of people cancelling. Wow popularized mmorpgs and hype maybe dwindling. SWTOR will have to work to stay a head of Level 50 subscribers to reduce boredom and with the dialog content creation will be much slower.

    Dust 514 will be interesting to play. EVE Online is a terrific game and it would awesome tie MMO populations togeher and have the pvp mechanics of EVE injected into the FPS genre.
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  • I'll just wait till Guild Wars 2 for a properly priced MMORPG. You know one like every other game that does not have a subscription.
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  • littleleo
    All the people that went over to play Rift that I know of have all quit saying it got boring fast. It's hardly a WoW killer, that is a joke. I think there is a bigger buzz about the Star Wars OR no one talks about Rift any more. Rift is dying that's why its dropping its prices. It desperately needs new subs or it will die. In the end awards and accolades don't pay the bills subs do and they are losing theirs. What was the Max number of players they got 10% of what WOW has? And now they are dying how many WoW killers will that make that have died?
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  • Harby
    littleleoAll the people that went over to play Rift that I know of have all quit saying it got boring fast. It's hardly a WoW killer, that is a joke. I think there is a bigger buzz about the Star Wars OR no one talks about Rift any more. Rift is dying that's why its dropping its prices. It desperately needs new subs or it will die. In the end awards and accolades don't pay the bills subs do and they are losing theirs. What was the Max number of players they got 10% of what WOW has? And now they are dying how many WoW killers will that make that have died?
    On the other hand 3 friends of mine picked it up during the last month, all of them ex-wow players and one just had bought star wars and putting it aside after less than 5 hours of playtime.
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