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RIFT Behind the Scenes: Stephen “Drakcoon” Mabee

Planetouched Wilds Shalistiri Feature Image

Trion Worlds has posted a new “RIFT Behind the Scenes” Article on the Rift main website, this time with Senior Concept Artist Stephen “Drakcoon” Mabee. The article can be found in full here. Below you can find a quick summary, some concept art and a bit of additional information from other sources.

About Stephen Mabee

  • Stephen Mabee is a Senior Content Designer on RIFT who has been with Trion for a year and 8 months; although he’s been playing RIFT since the beginning.
  • You can check out his ArtStation Profile here which contains additional RIFT concept art. (Warning: Some NSFW artwork, mainly art refs).

The Future

  • Stephen Mabee has been working on a whole range of concept art for the upcoming Planetouched Wilds zone.
  • He has also been working on new armor and mounts.
  • Most recently he has been concentrating on working on the Shalistiri, “genie people” who are the ancestors of the Bahmi from the Plane of Air.
  • Stephen also mentioned that the new raid (known internally as ‘Lord Arak Raid‘) would be “unique visually” with a lot of “different elements that will be completely new to RIFT”.

Planetouched Wilds Teasers:

Trion also posted up three new concept art related to the Planetouched Wilds.

Shalistiri

The first concept art is probably of a Shalistiri. Floating in the air, blue skin with long ears – looks kind of like a Bahmi before they gained weight.

Planetouched Wilds Possible Shalistiri Concept Art by Stephen Mabee

Planetouched Wilds Possible Shalistiri Concept Art by Stephen Mabee

Throne Room

The second concept art looks to be part of a temple or open-air throne room. You can see a Bahmi or Shalistiri sitting on the throne at the very end, with two guard dogs.

Planetouched Wilds Building Concept Art by Stephen Mabee

Planetouched Wilds Building Concept Art by Stephen Mabee

A few things to note about the throne room. From the background, the ‘green’ and the horizon seems to indicate that either this is a throne room in the air (on one of the floating rocks), or it’s jutting out over a cliff.

It ‘could’ potentially be located in an area similar to this mini-map compilation:

PTW Mini-Maps 1st July 2015 4

PTW Mini-Map 1st July 2015

The bottom portion of the structure here is clearly jutting out of the cliff. Makes sense of a race descended from the Plane of Air to want to reside high above the land.

Bahmi

The last concept art is probably of a Bahmi that resides in the Planetouched Wilds. A skin was datamined recently.

Planetouched Wilds Bahmi Concept Art by Stephen Mabee

Planetouched Wilds Bahmi Concept Art by Stephen Mabee

This is possibly a Bahmi of the ‘Jad’ clan, according to Planetouched Wilds artifacts on the PTS.

Question for the Players

  • “What direction would you like to see RIFT go artistically?”. You can post your response in the official thread here.

If you’re interested in the full details, check out the article here. You can also discuss the article here. Interested in other RIFT-related Concept Art for stuff yet to appear in-game? Check out this article here.

You can check out previous Behind the Scenes articles here.

When is Planetouched Wilds coming out? Current speculation is in patch 3.4, which ‘might’ be called “RIFT: Into the Wilds”. Intro quests are already available on the Public Test Shard that will take you up to the wall separating Droughtlands and the Planetouched Wilds – just check your inbox on the PTS for the quest.

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