MMORPG.com interviews Trion about Nightmare Tide

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MMORPG.com has just uploaded a new podcast on their Game On section with an interview with Trion about RIFT 3.0: Nightmare Tide. You can check it out here. They are joined by Daglar, MikeD and CM Ocho!

Here’s a quick summary:

Water Content

  • Only 10% of core content is underwater.
  • “Water can be taken in so many different directions” – Ocho
  • “Some pretty disturbing areas, especially in the lore” – Daglar
  • Make environments that feel underwater but you’re actually on dry land.
  • Underwater content off the West coast of Ember Isle at Breaker Point was a good experiment for Trion, allowing them to see what players actually wanted and what they could get away with for Water-based content.
  • HP Lovecraft-inspired, especially the zone: Tarken Glacier. Tentacles everywhere.
  • Resource-wise, focusing on greater variety of bosses vs a Volan-like encounter.
  • Increased the density of the story quests. There’s also discoverable quests along the way that reveals other aspects of the  lore.

Goldfish Mount

Goldfish Mount.

Nightmare Rifts

  • Nightmare Rifts – thus far the testers have gone highest to about Stage 43. (we’ve seen an achieve for 125). They scale with no. of players.
  • They are thinking of even making instances like a solo challenge mode/etc. (will be barriers to entry for that kind of experience if it goes ahead).
  • Essentially Hunt Rifts for 3.0. Nightmare Rifts, then Nightmare Rift I to VII.
  • Nightmare Rifts can spawn in the low-level zones too.

Gear

  • Not a full gear reset.
  • Equipment Slots:
    • Looking at a middle-ground between easy-to-obtain and annoyingly-hard.
    • Digital Collector’s Edition will be account-wide. In-game earn = per-character.
    • They will add power; how much is still up for debate internally.

Other Stuff

  • Something akin to mentoring that will bring more players together. Not saying what it is.
  • Keeping a close eye on possibly increasing xp given to previous levels to speed up leveling but they’re first looking at Level 60-Level 65 leveling speed by current alpha testers.

ETA

Nightmare Tide. This year.


 

Check the full interview on MMORPG.com here.
Need to get your fill of 3.0 info? Check out our previous 3.0-related articles here.

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