The Rift community has been an interesting beast.
When Patch 1.1 went live, the forums were flooded with threads by players claiming that their class had been unfairly nerfed, especially players of my Warrior spec Riftblade. I have been skimming or ignoring the whine-oriented threads on the Warrior forums, as most of the negative viewpoints are not grounded on actual game mechanics and are narrow in their perspective.
That said, there was one thread that caught my attention today: Get your flame hats on. The creator of this thread complained about a podcast from a fan site, and the topic of this podcast was Producer Adam Gershowitz on Class Balance & Patch 1.1.
I listened to the entire podcast, and it’s well worth your time if you want to hear Trion’s perspective on the current state of the game. The interviewer asked a lot of sharp, perceptive questions – and keep in mind the podcast hosts are players and not Trion employees. One particularly interesting comment from Gersh was that once certain specs were brought into balance in 1.1 (e.g. Saboteur), it made issues with other specs much more visible. Gersh said they are looking at Rogues and that they will look at abilities such as Pyro’s Ground of Strength.
I’m pleasantly surprised how much material Trion has been providing on Rift – I haven’t seen this level of interaction with the community from any major game developer, ever. While some people say that Trion hasn’t innovated with Rift, I disagree. Just thinking in terms of community, Trion provides
- Highly visible developer-to-community communication, e.g. via the Dev Tracker forum and fan site podcasts
- Social media integration for player-to-player communication – e.g. you can record and upload videos while playing straight to YouTube
These are clearly differentiated, intentional distinctions in the current market.
I am going to continue to check out The RIFT podcast and blog when I have time as the content is high quality. If you see other interesting news or insightful material, please post links to it.
P.S. I am level 50 now, and IMO Riftblade is still viable @ 50 in PVP, and I have really good footage from Rank 1 (beginner) 50 World PVP and warfronts. I haven’t had time to work on my next video yet. I’ll get there, stay tuned.