Rift Bringing Free Server Transfers in Upcoming Patch 1.3
The folks at Trion Worlds have been trying some pretty interesting things in their recently released MMO, Rift, which I was quite fond of. First it was a world event that tasked players to pace the action, but it lost a little something in the execution. However, Trion listened to their players, and compensated folks who were unable to participate for whatever reason.
Now, they’re pushed another edge of the MMO envelope with their announcement of a character transfer service that won’t cost players a penny. Over on the game‘s Facebook page, the upcoming service is fleshed out a bit. Says Executive Producer Scott Hartsman,
MMOs are all about playing with your friends no matter which server they’re on, and that’s why we’re offering this as a free service to our subscribers. RIFT is both a game and a service, and adding free server transfers is just one more way we can make this the best possible MMO experience available.
Players will be able to move to select servers within their region, and they’ll also be able to take their titles, achievements, and items along with them. Guild leaders will be able to move their guild to another server, and keep its level and experience as well.
Not only will these transfers be free, but you’ll be able to perform them once a week from an in-game interface. While they don’t say that these will remain free forever, they do say that, “Character transfers will remain a free service for the foreseeable future, and could become a permanent addition to the RIFT experience.”
Judging from the comments on the page, the players are responding quite positively to this announcement. After all, they’re offering up this service for free, where most MMOs charge a premium for the service (WoW is $25). It’s also a service that players have been clamoring for pretty much since launch. Now it’s coming, and all that remains is to see how many players utilize it.
This service will launch in patch 1.3, which is due to go live, “early this summer.”