Rift’s first beta event weekend is this weekend.Â I do not believe that beta testers are even allowed to say that they are in the beta, so I won’t say anything and leave it up to you.Â What I do want to point out today is a video released by Trion that shows staged in-game footage.
Some cool things being shown and said, but unfortunately it all drowns in the hype.Â My feedback for the Rift team would be to take the hype in that video and cut it down to about one thousandth of its current size.Â I realize the point of the video is to drum up interest; I know get, I really do.Â I’m a firm believer that if your game deserves attention then show the true game being played and describe what people are seeing.Â The video didn’t need the buzzword testimonials from the nerdy guild members.Â “Push the genre forward the day the game comes out”… really?
Okay, let’s not dwell on what could potentially be an ugly situation if it doesn’t live up.Â Let’s focus on what we know.Â a) Traditional MMO, b) some interesting features like rifts and their implementation into dungeons (like public quests, maybe?), c) The class system continues to appeal, d) Environments shown in the video do look impressive (like the desert fort shown).Â I get a sense, and this could be hype, that there will be a nice open world with lots of ‘cool’ places to visit with a fully developed and dare I buzzword by saying “realized” world.Â I like the idea of hunting in ‘areas’ and not just out of hubs (I would add this to my wishlist for Rift).
I’ll be trying Rift when it launches barring any catastrophe I may or may not experience pending my acceptance into a testing phase that I may or may not already be in or be in some day.Â (Have to keep it cryptic, you understand).Â I’m interested in the game not because of what I see in the videos and I encourage you to read around, try to get in beta, and form other opinions about the game instead of relying on the hype. It will never, ever, be as good as the hype you create in your head after watching a video like that but it can still be great.
I’m curious to know how the rest of you think right now.Â I know you’ll agree that the hype was disgusting, but are you at all intrigued by what you’re seeing lately?