Welcome to the RIFT Public Test Shard!
This Public Test Shard is the bleeding edge of the game and where you can check out the latest updates before they're released world-wide.
All active subscribers have access to the Public Test Shard when it is available; however, we will often bring the Public Test Shard offline without notice for frequent unless there is a scheduled testing event. (We'll be sure to announce them in this forum when we have one.)
Always expect the unexpected when accessing the Public Test Shard. There are no guarantees that a patch or new update won't cause everything to break, but take comfort in the fact that you're helping us to discover issues before they can impact players all around the world - thanks!
Downloading the Public Test Shard Client
You'll need a special Public Test patcher to access the Public Test Shard. You can download it here:
Simply copy the patcher into a new directory (create a folder next to where RIFT is installed called "RIFT PTS" for example) and login using the same Username and Password you normally use.
The patcher will need to download the latest version of the Public Test client, this may take some time and requires additional space on your hard-drive (roughly the same amount as the Live client.)
And that's it!
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.)
Thanks for your help in making RIFT better, keep an eye on these forums for schedule events and how you can participate - Have fun!