This is a special episode of The Multiverse in a few ways. First and foremost, as of this show, we are officially unveiling the new Vagary sub-site, Rift Watchers. As you can tell by the name, we’ll be watching all the developments with Rift and bringing them to you in fansite-blog format. Our goal is to bring you the most important news breakdowns, guides, and blogs that we can up to and following the release of the game. This will be a blog as you’ve always known it, with a one-game emphasis and extra material to support fans of the game. That being said, we won’t be holding back any punches. If something needs to be said, we’ll say it. This is a project we’re taking on because we like what we’ve seen and want to contribute to the community. Blind support is not something we’re interested in.
To herald in the new site, my two partners-in-crime, Jeremy and Gavin of the MMO Voices podcast (and Gavin now of PC Gamer!!!), join me to break down why it is we’re so excited for the game. I think it’s pretty telling that up until a few weeks ago, Rift was pretty well under the radar for all three of us. Since then, we’ve all dug in, read up, and gotten ourselves excited. Given all of the big happenings in the last few weeks, you can take from that what you will 😉
The second reason for this special edition is foretold in the name. To kick off our new site, we have 5 VIP beta keys to give away. These keys will guarantee you a spot in every Rift beta event before release. We’re going to be giving these out Thursday, so you’ll have plenty of time to apply the code, get an invite, and download the client. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on the giveaway page at Rift Watchers. That’s all. One lucky winner will also receive a free month to the sci-fi MMO Perpetuum. If you’d prefer one key over another, please say so in the comment and we’ll hook you up.
We’d like to give a big thank you to Vagary for hosting the site and Tina at Trion Worlds for making this giveaway possible.
- News – FFXIV restructures management, extends free period until it meets their expectations; what does this mean for the game?
- Main Discussion – RIFT!
- Story, Setting, and Lore – Who are the Guardians and Defiant, and what makes their situation so compelling?
- The Open Class System Explained – Can you really be anything you want, how does it compare to other MMOs?
- Dynamic Content: Rifts, Layers, and Content, oh my!
- Gameplay: Beyond Kill Ten Rats
- Endgame: Raiding: good, bad, or otherwise?
- PvP: Let’s just say, “thank god there are no arenas”
- And more!
Enjoy the show, folks. If you’re interested in Rift at all, we’d certainly appreciate you adding our humble project to your feed readers and blogrolls. We’ll do our best to keep you entertained and coming back for more. Until next week!