Somewhat following up on my previous post about Rift and the different perceptions of the game between current players and those on the outside glancing in, I think the game’s momentum will continue in the months to come due to the anti-WAR/AoC/Aion effect.
Those three games, WAR, AoC, and Aion, all arrived with a ton of hype and hidden flaws. WAR was a blast in beta and shortly after, AoC had Tortuga, and Aion, well I don’t understand why people got excited for Aion other than to fulfill their flying fairy fantasies, but some did. And for most, disappointment set in shortly after release, and many felt burned for buying into the “next great MMO” hype. And not only are many burned on tuning into the hype, they are also cautious when hearing about a ‘great game’ in its first month. They experienced/heard the same thing before.
Now assuming Rift does not implode at 50 (even this early, we heard grumblings from WAR/AoC/Aion players), those who are cautious now might decide to jump in when they still see their guildmates happily playing in month two, three, and beyond. Add in that Trion knows it needs to deliver solid updates in rapid fashion ala 2004 WoW, and what is happening in Rift right now is very different to what was happening to the above three at their one month checkpoint.
Credit to Bhagpuss for sparking this post.