We’ve been hinting (subtly and not so subtly) that change was afoot. Well in 1.10 that change is happening in a big way.
With the death of four of the dragons much has changed in Telara. Old rivalries are questioned as new challenges arise, the greatest the Ascended have ever had to face. Destruction of the Blood Storm is now essential if this world is to ever find peace - Guardians & Defiants must unite if they are to ultimately travel to the planes and defeat them.
The powers that control Meridian and Sanctum still remain at odds and it will take time for those wounds to heal… but as Ascended the choice to work together is now yours to make outside the city walls.
In Update 1.10 players on PvE Shards will be able to team up and communicate with members of the opposite faction outside of the Tutorial. We’re always looking for ways to allow you to enjoy the many features RIFT has to offer together and this is a massive step in that direction.
So what all is becoming cross faction?
Already on PTS:
- Open world groups/public groups
- Cross Faction Trade
- Looking for Dungeon Tool
- Entering a Dungeon/Raid
- Instant Adventure
- Chat (channels & tells including cross shard)
- Quest sharing
- Friends List & Ignore
- Group Queuing for Conquest/Warfronts
Players on PvP Shards will only be able to participate in random dungeon groups with members of the opposite faction (besides Warfronts/Conquest obviously). You will also only be able to send tells to players of the opposite faction on shards other than your own.
If you are flagged for PvP on any shard you will only be able to group with members of your own faction – flagging for PvP while in a cross faction group will warn you that doing so will result in your removal.
We realize this is a significant shift and offers a whole new set of challenges and opportunities – ultimately we feel it’s best that you get to enjoy RIFT with as few restrictions as possible so you can focus on having fun no matter what faction you or your friends choose.
Check it out on PTS right now and keep an eye open for scheduled tests as we prepare for Update 1.10!