Rift Goes Free-to-Play and Video Dev Diary

RIFT free-to-play kicks off with massive content update 2.3, Empyreal Assault, which will open up a new zone, world event, chronicle and much more
RIFT will adopt a free-to-play business model starting June 12, 2013, Trion Worlds announced. All players will be able to explore the entire world of Telara for free and will have access to the expanded in-game RIFT Store where a variety of services - mounts, boosts, wardrobe items, and more - will be available for purchase. An optional subscription will still be available that grants a slew of "Patron" benefits and bonuses to maximize the RIFT experience. Trion will celebrate its current and previous subscribers with loyalty and currency rewards for their time spent playing RIFT thus far.
A video developer diary explaining these changes is now locally mirrored.