I just want to make a couple of comments as a returning player:
First of all, I pre-ordered the game and started my first character the day that the servers opened. I played for about two months, but found the game to be a little lonely. The community was ..difficult. Finding dungeons was unenjoyable without some sort of decent dungeon finder system. I did like the game, I just didn't seem to find myself choosing to play it over any other games at the time.
I've kept my eye on the website every few months and watched as some impressive patches were implemented. I don't know why, but when I saw the notes for patch 1.9, I decided to re-open my account. I re-opened my account as a "rift light" account. I played two characters to 20 in 24 hours and decided without any hesitation to fully subscribe.
Coming back, I've found that the community is wonderfully terrific (at least on my shard). I love that people participate in the zone events. Now, an exception here are events that take place in the "mid-level zones". However, in the high end zones and the lowbie zones there are always groups taking on the invaders. Dungeons have been tons of fun. I've been on a couple of rough runs, but fortunately no one has been overly rude and the one time it started to head that way one or two others spoke out against being negative and shut it down quick.
The game is far more gorgeous than I remembered. I climbed a very tall mountain and looked out over the landscape and can honestly say my breath was taken away. I love being able to mentor (even though I feel like a newbie myself), do random dungeons, pvp, grind rep (I know I will grow tired of this haha), craft, etc. The game really delivers in many ways that are fulfilling.
I am super proud and very happy to be a returning member. Trion has produced a fantastic game and delivered on a lot of great content over the last 15 months. They have certainly earned a customer. They will also get excellent word-of-mouth advertising from me. I am grateful to be back.
Thanks for reading.