Rift Beta Three Summary – All Out WAR!

Rift Beta Three Summary- The gloves come off!

Beta 3: 12/28/2010-12/31/2010

Rift Beta Three was the first major push for a few different things from Trion in regards to the upcoming title Rift. This was the first beta I personally participated in, and it will not be the last. Remember, Pre-ordering Rift at this point guarantees access to Beta events until the pre-launch party on February 24th.

The first thing my wife and I noticed were the sheer number of servers that Trion was utilizing as part of the Beta process. There were servers geared toward PVP and servers geared toward PVE play. There were also role-playing servers of both varieties.

This was the first time in the Beta process that both Defiant and Guardians existed, and in limited areas. Specifically, Silverwood and Freemarch were available, and Defiants could come invade Silverwood and vice versa. On a PVP server, this would have led to a lot of combat between the two factions, perfect if you like PVP.

On the PVE server where my wife and I played, you could still engage the enemy force, with a quick switch to PVP if you decided to, however if you left your PVP flag off, you were all but immune to the enemy forces.

This meant that each player had the option of whether to participate in PVP combat and to what extent and how frequently. It provides a lot of flexibility to each player choosing their own game. I like and respect that.

Along with the PVP combat options, Trion also had a lot of invasion capabilities to adjust and show off. Early in the Beta, there were swarms of invaders from the other planes attacking Telara en masse. When an invasion is sent forth from one of the planes, such as Fire or Life, they are usually composed of a leader and four followers per invasion force. This “squad” heads directly to a specific objective, which is a foothold either held by the Guardians (in Silverwood) or even a foothold by another plane (if Life had conquered the area, and Fire wanted it). To defeat the invasion, players need to eliminate the leader of the invasion.

Now, imagine, three invasion forces coming, from different planes, toward the same objective. Enemies from differing planes are enemies of each other. For example, my wife and I were at a location called Marsh House, when three invasions attacked. Fortunately, we were not alone in our efforts to defend our beloved Guardian outpost. Standing beside us were about ten other Guardian players, of all callings, ready to defend the outpost as well. Fifteen enemy invaders were defeated by twelve valiant Guardians.

The rifts and invasions, along with the footholds they establish, form a very unique and challenging aspect to the standard MMOs we have all become familiar with. Beta Four summary is coming soon, and Beta Five starts 1/25/2011.

Hopefully, you have enjoyed our Rift Beta Three Summary, and we will see ya in Telara!

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