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We’ve had our eye on Rift: Planes of Telara for some time now, especially after getting a little face time with the game back in April. Fortune smiles upon us all once more as Trion Worlds made the trek to E3 to showcase this gorgeous fantasy title. Shouldering our way to the front of the line — hey, hey, I’m reporting here! — we took the wheel of an interactive demo while the developers were kind enough to answer a few questions about Rift.
Your very first decision in game will be to choose a faction: the Guardians or the Defiant. Both are tasked with saving a world under attack, although they each have their own approach and butt heads against the other in the process. The Guardians are blessed by the gods and are chosen to be their holy knights, while the Defiant take the anti-hero route and rely on their own technology to wage this war. The Defiant had created vast cities in the desert using their magical tech, but they were infiltrated by dragons and saw their great achievements wiped away, reducing them to desert wanderers. There are races unique to each faction, as well as races shared by both. We learned that the Defiant have access to both the Eth (human) and Bahmi (human/elemental) races.
Damage-dealing Cleric, or teleporting Ranger? The choice is yours.
Rift: Planes of Telara – once upon a time known as Heroes of Telara – is the upcoming fantasy MMORPG from Trion Worlds. We first got a look at Rift in April, and it was, for better or worse, strongly reminiscent of World of Warcraft. The user interface, skills and even the art-style to a certain extent drew heavily from the world’s most popular subscription-based MMO. What separated Rift from WoW and games like it were the titular rifts; dynamic events that change the landscape and draw players to work together or fight against each other, but even this was reminiscent of Warhammer: Age of Reckoning’s public quest system. It is the class system, which we recently had the opportunity to see, that truly separates Rift from the glut of other fantasy MMOs.
First, a little explanation of who you are in Rift is in order. You, and all the players in Rift, are great warriors who after death appeared in Telara as what is known as an “ascended soul.” This is your basic character class and falls into one of four archetypes or “callings” – warrior, mage, cleric or rogue. Each calling affects the type of armor you can wear. At the start of the game, when you’re creating your character, there are two different classes per calling.
Rift: Planes of Telara continues to give us a first look at classes leading up to E3. Today, we get a closer look at the Purifier. The Purifier is a cleric style class that uses Fire and Spirits to defend allies and smite foes. A new take on the Healers of old, the Purifier seems to have very strong offensive and defensive abilities. With support by fire for healing and protecting, they also carry a unique attack using the spirits of their ancestors, looking forward to seeing the spell effects on those. Overall the Purifier has an interesting history and play-style and should be a great class for healer fans who don’t mind smashing foes with some spiritual energy.
I thought I would give you a little update on my time in Telara lately.
I didn’t get to play much the past week or so. I logged in a few times at work and played several characters to level 5 or so. Maybe that’s weird, but that’s how I usually start an MMO. Since I like to play different kinds of characters, I usually play several for a few low levels until I get a feel for which one I like best. I finally selected a caster to play this time around.
This week, we were able to load the game at home. I finally got mine set up and logged in to play last night. It was the first chance I have had to really relax and enjoy playing without any distractions. I planned to play for an hour or so just to explore a little more and help with testing out the game.
Several hours later… I had to force myself to quit because I knew I had to get up for work in the morning!
Rift: Planes of Telara continues to give us a first look at classes leading up to E3. Today we get a closer look at the Warlock. Masters of death and destruction, these casters look to be the ranged damage dealers in the game. Sending curses upon their enemies the Warlocks may be squishy, but they can dish out some serious nasty damage. Any class that embraces death and entropy is fun for those who like the dark arts and caster style game play. The Warlock appears to fill the classic archetype well with nasty spells.
Trion comes through again with screenshots of the Warlock in action. We will continue our class previews all week leading up to E3 next week when we’ll get the full details. Alos, check out the Warlock write up below.