When we last saw Rift, the developers were showing off the massive 1.6 update, which added the Ember Isle to the list of the game's locations. But beyond the isle, Trion also talked up Instant Adventure – a completely new addition to the gameplay. At the time, the developers said that were unsure of a release date, though they said that it was going to be intentionally held back from release in order to give players a chance to check out the new content that came with 1.6. Apparently, Trion believes enough time has passed; it is current planning on releasing Instant Adventure next week, giving players a new way to play Rift.
Instant Adventure is fairly simple: join into a group just as you do when joining a dungeon and you'll be given a random outdoor quest in a level-appropriate area. The quests scale to the size and level of the group, rolling into new quests as the old ones are finished. Eventually it'll peak, hitting a rare monster and giving everyone involved sweet loot, before dropping back down and continuing to push the mass of players around the level. It sounds like a great addition for both hardcore and casual players alike, as it'll give those who have done everything infinite new content to do, and those who don't have time to do everything a chance to participate in big groups for as little (or as long) as they wish.
We'll have more about Rift next week, so check back if you're interested in finding out even more awesome Rift news.