RIFT: Nightmare Tide's
October 8th release date is no longer set in stone -- if it ever was. In a livestream yesterday, Trion Worlds
devs said that there is a possibility of a release delay
based on feedback and that the team will decide soon if that delay will happen. Whatever date Nightmare Tide ends up releasing, it will go live in both Europe and North America at the same time.
Many smaller details about the expansion launch were discussed during the livestream. The devs said that players will have a way to buy Planewalker: Water Attunement using in-game experience as well as purchasing it through the expansion bundle. Nightmare Tide
will release with three new armor sets, new aquatic pets, additional housing dimenasions, four new dungeons, two "return to" dungeons, and the 10-person Rhen of Fate raid. The 20-person Mount Sharax raid will launch at a later date.
Trion also admitted to already discussing RIFT
4.0 and 5.0 (i.e., the next two expansions) but declined to give specifics apart from a mention of "an over-arching plan" with them.
Update: Trion announced tonight that the expansion will be delayed until October 22nd.