The near-ubiquity of Steam as a distribution platform can certainly drive players to your game. A little less than a week after RIFT
launched on Steam, Trion Worlds
is reporting that RIFT
have seen a combined influx of 250,000 new players, beating out the numbers reported both for the launch of Storm Legion
free-to-play conversion. It's the largest influx of players the game has ever
seen since its original launch, for that matter: Trion says it made for the "highest single day gain in new users" since the game first opened its doors.
What does that mean for the long run? That's the eternal question. RIFT
launched its most recent major patch yesterday, but whether or not it will encourage players new to the game to subscribe or buy things in the cash shop is up for debate. Regardless, it's a good sign of health for the game as a whole, so congratulations are in order to the RIFT
team on the number bump.
[Source: Trion Worlds press release]