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PTS Datamining for 23rd March 2015

RIFT’s Public Test Shard (‘PTS’) was updated on the 23rd March 2015. Under 100mb update again. Nothing on the PTS that has visibly changed, but there’s some interesting datamining from this and past updates.

Patch version TEST-301-76-A-991385.

Summary:

  • Chest Piece Models
  • Interesting .GFX Files: Shapeshifter, Crossbows, Collection Binder, Melee/Ranged DPS role UI, ‘Treasure’ and Seasonal Loyalty.

As always, everything below is subject to change prior to hitting Live and some things included below may never make it to Live release.


Chest Piece Models

First up, the only thing interesting in today’s update would be the chest models below:

Chest Models March 23rd 2015

Although the design is similar to all the [Element]bound Steel bundles, there’s a distinctive lack of bare strips, and the elbow spikes don’t match up with the others.

A new chest model, or something that already exists in the game? There was no name for each of these models, just generic “human_male_plate_torso”.


Interesting .GFX Files

A few .gfx files from past PTS updates have revealed some interesting names. Note though that anything below might not make it to Live, and some things might be old, scrapped concepts that won’t be making a return.

Class_Shapeshifter

CLASS_SHAPESHIFTER and PRIMALIST

Scanning through one of the files, I stumbled upon the above. Notice the:

  • CLASS_SHAPESHIFTER, and
  • CLASS_PRIMALIST

We saw the Primalist in gear tooltips briefly before it was patched out in some March PTS update. The Shapeshifter class however was also present in some January files I looked through.

Is the Shapeshifter the original name of the Primalist? Is it a future 6th Calling, or maybe just an abandoned/scrapped Calling? Could it turn into one of the soul’s for the Primalist? Obviously just the name mentioned in a file isn’t going to reveal much, but it’s something to keep in mind as we learn more about the 5th Calling slated for this year.

Crossbow

Ranged Crossbow

Another item of interest. This time in the midst of a bunch of ‘Play Equipment UI’, there’s one for an “EQUIP_RANGED_CROSSBOW”.

We don’t have crossbows in the game, right? Just bows and guns. Could this be something that Primalists are able to equip? Or perhaps, again, it’s just a scrapped type of gear.

Collection Binder

Collection Binder

Binders filled with…

  • COLLECTION_BINDER

I’m guessing this is either referring to stuff like Mounts, Artifacts, Pets and Books (collections), or this could relate to the 3.2 wardrobe collections system. Perhaps the final release version of the collections system will have a book-like UI.

The ‘COLLECTION_BINDER’ sounds rather ‘inclusive’. After-all, why not call it ‘Wardrobe_Collection’? I have an inkling that it could relate to what Pithos talked about before where titles, mounts and companion pets could potentially be included in the new wardrobe system in the future. [r]

Ranged & Melee DPS

Ranged and Melee DPS Role Info

A few roles also showed up. There’s the usual, but interestingly DPS is split between Ranged and Melee DPS.

I doubt this would be a new selection for LFG, but perhaps this is for new UI icons for Build Presets to make it easier for new players to know whether a soul/spec is melee or ranged DPS. Perhaps there’s even an icon to signify that a preset build is good for pvp, thus the “ROLE_PVP”.

Treasure

Treasure

“TREASURE”. No idea what it’s for. The rest of the objects surrounding it are various UI.

Seasonal Loyalty Sphere

seasonal loyalty sphere

“Seasonal_loyalty_sphere”. It’s something that we kind of saw with the Fae Yule Gift of Giving back in 2013 before it was scrapped. It was also mentioned in Trion’s GDC presentation back in 2014. As such, this could just be a scrapped part of the game.

loyaltyuiprogressseasonal

Above was a mock-up of part of the loyalty tier system that Trion were floating around prior to F2P. There were limited-time seasonal loyalty tiers that were probably supposed to pop up during each season with their own rewards.

Again, this could just be something that’s scrapped but still exists in the files.


A few interesting files and a chest model. The last few PTS Updates have been rather small – most likely mainly concentrating on changes to the Tier 2 Intrepid: Hammerknell Fortress raid. As we draw closer to 3.2 release, we’ll probably see a lot more of the ‘bulkier’, easier-to-access changes hit the PTS – stuff like the new wardrobe system, IA revamps and HK IAs.

For past PTS Updates, click here. You can also find past datamining here.

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4 Comments on “PTS Datamining for 23rd March 2015”

  1. March 23, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

    hell yes crossbows!

  2. Blakehavok
    March 24, 2015 at 6:22 am #

    Shapeshifter aka druid?

    • March 24, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

      Sounds like it, although the Cleric Druid is just a pet class. Seems like the perfect opportunity for Primalist to have a proper shapeshifter-style soul. They could even link it up to the Plane of Life if Trion are going for a planar-style class.

  3. Sua
    March 24, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    DemoHunter INC.

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