PTS Event Tuesday, 1/31 @ 4PM PDT – PvP Improvements

Posted by on 30 January 2012

Get ready to ruuuummmbbleeee! The next step in the evolution in RIFT PvP is here, and we’re asking for your feedback.

Join us on the PTS Tuesday, 1/31/12 @ 4:00PM PDT (12AM GMT) for a test of the new PvP improvements! which include:

Prestige Ranks:

We’ve ranked the ranking system and decided that the system should rank ranks more often when ranking those who are rising in the ranks. Say that five times fast.

By improving many facets of how the ranking system works the time to hit max rank is still roughly the same but we’ve changed benefits from earning prestige rank. Of course, existing ranks will be converted to the appropriate rank on the updated scale – on top of that each rank also grants a large amount of Planar Attunement experience. We’ve also removed most of prestige rank requirements from PvP gear with the exception of weapons and synergy crystals.

PvP Planar Attunement:

You can finally play that ArchoDomiMancer in PvP! (Though your effectiveness may vary) The Planar Attunement path of War heralds the removal of the PvP soul. What does this mean for you? It gives you the ability to play whatever soul combination you want! Many abilities you once thought were absolutely necessary, but caused you to lose out on an additional soul, will be moved to the PA path.

Armor Improvements, Itemization, and Stats. Oh my!

All level 45+ items prior to Rank 8 (and equivalent Tier 2 raid gear) are receiving an upgrade in stats, including the addition of Vengeance. Even better, you can now purchase your sets as soon as you have enough favor, as armor no longer requires rank to purchase. Vengeance is mine!

Queue as a Mercenary:

More PvP for everyone! A new and intuitive system that allows for “mercenaries” to be teamed up with players from the opposite faction for quicker queue times.

Bolstering:

And, just when you thought you would get squashed like a bug, those who join Warfronts under Rank 13 will find that their stats have been boosted to allow for more competitive play. Bolstering will adjust most of your core stats, including Valor.

Our primary focus is to ensure that PvP offers a fun, competitive challenge for anyone who participates, so come help us test the new features!

Visit the official PvP Update discussion thread on the RIFT forums.

Character Copy to PTS!

You can now copy your character to the Public Test Shard! Simply click the Transfer button when you’re at Character select on the Live client and select “Copy to PTS” – it’s as easy as that! (though there may be a few bugs/limitations we’re working out). We will no longer be offering Gear/Leveling vendors with the introduction of this feature (except when testing requires it.)

You will need to download the PTS client if you have not done so already, this is approximately the same size as installing the full game and may take some time. For more information about PTS and how to access it please see:

Welcome to the Public Test Shard! – Getting Started

Have fun!