Trion Worlds announced today that Rift players will be able to transfer their characters and guilds to other shards (servers) as early as this summer’s 1.3 patch, absolutely free. Play along with your friends, and be worry-free that your hard earned in-game money and achievements will be lost in the eternal realm of your former shard. Yes, you can transfer not only your toon, but everything associated with your him/her, and guild leaders can will be excited to hear that guild levels and experience will also be movable.
“MMOs are all about playing with your friends no matter which server they’re on, and that’s why we’re offering this as a free service to our subscribers,” said Scott Hartsman, Executive Producer. “RIFT is both a game and a service, and adding free server transfers is just one more way we can make this the best possible MMO experience available.”
Trion also noted that character transfers will continue to be free indefinitely, drawing a stark constrast Trion and its primary competitor, World of Warcraft. Subscribers will also be able to transfer one character per week, with no limit to how many can be transferred.
It’s clear that Trion has recognized some of the server balance issues, and hopse to encourage transfers to less populated servers. For more information, read the FAQ.