Trion Worlds, developers of the MMOs Rift and the newly released Defiance, have announced that Rift will be going Free to Play starting on June 12th.
Paid subscriptions will still be available for those who want them and will confer some special bonuses to those players such as earning XP faster or having faster mounts. Trion worlds did stress that the entire game world would be available to those who choose the Free to Play option.
A new update will herald this new era in the game’s life. Called “Empyreal Assault,” it will have an entire new zone and world event with it along with various other small updates.