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Posted: Mar 13th 2012 7:09PM J45neoboy said

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The game has definitely changed since 1.3(I left a month after it landed). I'll definitely be checking out the game again in 2.0

Posted: Mar 13th 2012 7:21PM Gaugamela said

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Holy cow. They are adding such an enormous amount of stuff to the game!!

And the best thing is that it is varied features for all playstyles. I wish I had time to play... :(

Posted: Mar 13th 2012 7:36PM (Unverified) said

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I logged in for the first time in months and months and there's only a few servers left.
Is rift dying? I don't know anyone who plays it anymore and with SWTOR now and GW2 + TSW right around the corner, I fear for it's future.
I hope not because I find it one of the best MMOs out.

Posted: Mar 13th 2012 7:51PM Kynmarcher said

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A few servers left? Sorry what?

I think you might be confusing RIFT with WAR.

There are many servers for RIFT, and at least a few of them have high/medium populations. There are quite a few low pop, but it can be very misleading because despite the tag, you can always find people chatting away in the global chat channels.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2012 7:55PM Sephirah said

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SWTOR is dying too, it's just not old as Rift.
I wonder why people posting here or on other sites expect a game to not lose players: the greatest influx is at game release, after that the average player get bored by doing the same raids again and again or to roll alts and quit.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2012 7:57PM (Unverified) said

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@Kynmarcher sorry, quite a few less servers then there were. and most were light population when I logged on around noon. it's doesn't seem to be thriving as a 1 year old MMO should be. I'm curious about the subscriber #s in Rift these days and what the trend has been.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2012 8:20PM Gaugamela said

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Care to tell me one-year old MMOs that thrive that you are using for comparison?
The game has a stable population and has been seeing an influx of players returning from SW:TOR.
It's Xfire ranking went up in the last one/two months and the game's in great shape.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2012 8:28PM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) There's a post that says the number of servers NOW is the number Trion planned to have when they first launched. When way more people joined than they thought would at launch they had to add vast amounts of servers, and yes, people have left, but now the number is where Trion expected to have, so I would say it's not dying.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2012 8:40PM avaloner said

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@(Unverified) What MMO has been thriving after one year that has come out in the last 5 years or so? Thats right none. RIFT has probably done better then most MMOs made in the last 5 years or so. WOW, AOC, DF, FF14, Aion etc where in far worse shape (atleast in the west in the case of Aion that might have done well in the east) then RIFT is after its first year.

Also as was pointed out a while ago RIFT has the insact same amount of servers as TRION expected to launch with, They only added many other servers to accomadate the influx of people when the game was new.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2012 9:12PM Dunraven said

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@Sephirah MMMm 1.7 million still confirmed by Bioware so not dying keep on hoping though
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 6:24AM Xylander said

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@Dunraven If you think SWTOR hasn't lost 1 subscription since Dec. 2011, you're living in a fairytale land. The 1.7m number was launch sales.

SWTOR is lucky to have 1 mil left... I'd guess it was under 750k at this point. Servers are down 60-70% of launch activity.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 6:29AM Xylander said

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@Dunraven If you believe that SWTOR hasn't lost 1 single sub in 4 months... well! Let me tell you that I have a chicken for sale that lays golden eggs. Wanna buy it for 20 bucks?
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 7:02AM ZenD said

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It's difficult to tell exact numbers of active players because TW doesn't want to release that information. Just looking at server status and number isn't too helpful either because they added a large number to their initial set around launch, then they upgraded the hardware to increase the population capacities of each shard, then they closed the servers they'd added.

I play on several EU servers and activity migrates around. I've been the only one in Sanctum on one server, and on another there's often so many players piling into a zone event boss that my GTX 560 Ti just about melts down...
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 9:21AM fallwind said

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I wish *I* could have a product fail so hard I only made $100,000,000 my first year...
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 12:47PM (Unverified) said

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@Kynmarcher So I guess the fact that my server dried up and is now a trial server means the game is doing great.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 1:06PM kalipou134 said

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Please, don't even try to compare Swtor to Rift.

Rift is one of the most polished games on the market with devs that actually care to listen to their community and act on it in a timely fashion.

Rift's dev team has brought the kind of service to their community that even puts Blizzard to shame at times, so no, Swtor doesn't have crap on it.

For the record, I don't play Rift anymore and I'm not a big fan of the game for aestethic reasons, but even I can admit that Rift is up there in the top 3 best MMOs to play in right now.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2012 7:40PM Sorithal said

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That's awesome how fast Rift is growing. Can't wait to see what comes in the next year :)

Posted: Mar 13th 2012 7:56PM (Unverified) said

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I was more excited to hear about possible housing than more-treadmill-epeen-raiding stuff. Sadly, no housing plans yet. *

Raiding worked for Wow. Honestly though? We are generations past WoW. People are starting to realize instead of running endlessly on a treadmill for gear, they can simply go to other new games and get a 100% fresh experience.
If I have to decide on being around raiders strutting like peacocks, or going to a brand new and interesting game... Guess what? I'm going to a new game. You can't force me into a play-style I don't enjoy. I tolerated raiding for years in WoW. That style of end-game is 100% burnout for me now. Its the plague, and I will avoid it as such. I want a real adventure not grinds that are called "instant adventures". I want a real journey in a VAST land.
Before long the "scrubs" will realize they don't have to be the fodder in place simply to make the elitists feel superior. So you have more gear you say? Better item levels? Who cares, I say. Already moving on if there is nothing to do outside of raiding. Enjoy the circle-J.
I wonder how long it will be before developers realize it as well and the whole cat is out of the bag.

*Yes, this was mostly a tantrum because I wanted housing. Rift can still be...fun for duo players and small groups.

Posted: Mar 13th 2012 8:22PM Gaugamela said

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The trolls are out in full force uh?
Re-read the freakin article. 3 new crafting professions are going to be added as well as Instant adventures and Leaderboards for PvP and other activities.
Rift is hardly a game for just raiders but it obviously also caters to that crowd.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2012 8:38PM (Unverified) said

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Uh-oh, someone isn't sharing your opinion on things. Must be a troll!
*sigh*
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