The next beta event isn't the only news to talk about today for RIFT. Trion Worlds made it official: RIFT is going live March 1, 2011. While this was the rumored date during the pre-order coverage last week, it was confirmed today. What's more, they've provided details on the subscription options you'll have. If you choose a plan by March 15, 2011 you'll be able to participate in the "Founder's" subscription plan at as low as $9.99 a month, if you pay in 6-month chunks. The base subscription fee, at a month-to-month rate, is $14.95.
“The launch of RIFT is the culmination of our tireless efforts over the past several years to bring players the most complete, full-featured, and dynamic online game they’ve ever experienced,” said Lars Buttler, CEO of Trion Worlds. “Through the dedication, creativity, and incredible track record of our veteran development team, we’ve been able to create an exceptionally polished and immersive online world filled with adventure, surprise, and beauty. We can’t wait to share RIFT with players around the world.”
This is a very big milestone for the game, especially with all of the positive feedback players have had about the beta so far. What this news means for future beta events is unknown, but considering how much of the game is still inaccessible in the beta, there's a good chance we'll see a handful of events leading up to release.
The question at this point is, where are you going to pre-order from? And are you going to get the collector's edition, or the normal edition?