Rift Launches Free Trial, Ascend-a-Friend Program

If you haven’t been playing Trion World’s new MMORPG, Rift, you likely don’t know that they’ve been pumping out new content at an alarming rate. Today marks the launch of the 1.2 patch, the second major update since the game launched the first week of April.

In addition to the new patch, Trion has also announced that they are now offering a 7-day free trial of Rift. If you’re interested, you can sign up for the free trial at this link: http://www.riftgame.com/freetrial. Players on the free trial will be able to quest, PvP and seal rifts just like subscribers, and can upgrade to the full game at any time, bringing their characters along.

The most interesting thing to existing players of Rift will be the Ascend-a-Friend program. It’s fairly simple. Current subscribers can give an unlimited number of 7-day passes to their friends. If they decide to buy the game, you’ll be rewarded as follows:

  • Ascend 1 Friend – It’s like getting two friends for the price of one! If just a single buddy purchases RIFT, you’ll receive Courage, a fiercely loyal and utterly adorable canine companion.
  • Ascend 2 Friends – You’re immensely popular, and you know it. Demonstrate this undeniable fact by donning the glorious Trailblazer Hat, which you’ll receive after Ascending a pair of peers.
  • Ascend 3 Friends – You don’t get this many friends through charm alone. By bringing three new subscribers into the game, you’ll receive the Swift Ember Steed mount, a terrifying equine wreathed in flame that is sure to turn heads in Telara.


Check out the screens below to see the rewards from this program, and if you’re interested, you can learn more about Rift at the game’s official site.

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1 Comment on Rift Launches Free Trial, Ascend-a-Friend Program


On May 11, 2011 at 12:16 am

Got the trial, pretty decent. Little bit too WoW like for my personal taste, but not bad. I’d love to see a new MMO designed for first-person play, like Everquest was, or something along the lines of an Elder Scrolls MMO. No other MMO ever sucked me into the world like EQ1 did, and i’ve come to the conclusion that alot of that had to do with the first person camera and the world being designed for it. Would love to see that done again but with modern tech.