Rift goes free-to-play (until level 20) starting today

Today marks the release of the 1.7 update to Trion's Rift: Carnival of the Ascended. This update brings with it PvP improvements, a wedding system, a new Chronicle, an additional Master Mode dungeon, an overhaul of Expert dungeons, and better endgame equipment.

But while that's all good and well for those already playing the game, you're likely here because you're not. That's fine, because we have good news for you, too: Rift is now free to play until level 20.

Today sees the release of Rift Lite, which will let you play the first 20 levels of the game for free. That's it. No caveats. No time or server restrictions. No cost. Just download the game and see why we awarded it our "Most Massively Multiplayer" award last year.

“In the past ten months, Rift has evolved at a breakneck pace, through seven massive updates that set new expectations for live MMOs, in features, in content, and in service,” said Scott Hartsman, executive producer of Rift and Trion’s CCO. “We think a Lite edition with no time limit is the best way for players to see what an amazing experience Rift continues to be.” 

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Rift Lite is similar to the free-to-play system in World of Warcraft, which lets players dip their toes into the water without committing by allowing them to play up to level 20. Apparently it has worked well for them, and we're happy to see it make its way to Rift. This F2P approach works well for big MMOs like Rift and WoW, mainly because it brings new low-level players into the game regularly, which is a better experience for everyone involved.

It's especially good for Rift, which thrives on having massive groups of players wandering the game's gigantic areas closing rifts and fighting off invasions. Man, now we're all excited to play again...


F2P MMO Rift


  • SideOfBeef - February 1, 2012 7:11 p.m.

    Cool, I've been wanting to try this game out, and I'll probably be done with it before level 20.
  • babyface - February 1, 2012 12:23 p.m.

    This is just the incentive i needed to give it a try!
  • An_Awesome_Guy - February 1, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    I might have to give to give this a shot, especially as it is free to download as well as free to play. Also, does this make TOR the last big MMO that isn't free to play to a certain extent?
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - February 1, 2012 6:14 a.m.

    IT IS WoW n- oh dammit.
  • ScrEAMaPiLLar - February 1, 2012 5:11 a.m.

    I heart Rift I do hope this brings in more perspective players. Getting to level 20 in Rift is a lot more different than WoW. Lots more things to discover too. In before anyone makes a IT IS WoW now!

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