There’s a new item previewing on the PTS version of RIFT‘s Item Store, and it’s going to make it a wee bit easier to cover all of the crafting professions in RIFT without having to resort to a healthy supply of alts. A couple of weeks ago, Daglar hinted that Trion was going to be adding an item to the store that allows players to unlock one additional profession slot per character. Yesterday that item showed up on the PTS. It’s called a Trade Skill Extension and costs 1200 Credits at the moment. Credits are the only way to purchase these.
There has been a slight change to how they work, however. Instead of only allowing players to unlock one additional profession slot, these Extensions can be purchased multiple times and will even allow players to unlock all nine main crafting professions on the same character. Presumably, these unlocks will only work on the character the item is purchased on and aren’t account-wide, but we’re still waiting to hear official confirmation on that assumption.
When asked about the possibility of a dynamic pricing system for these items similar to how the Plat cost of role slots increases per slot, Daglar gave the following reply:
Originally posted by Daglar (Source)
Can’t do dynamic pricing on these. I’ll take a look at the core price and potentially adjust it. Just remember, these are a luxury, and they do go towards supporting the RIFT team.
At the moment it comes out to around $50 to learn all nine professions, which is one of those amounts that may seem high or low depending on how much a player values crafting in RIFT. Overall, the change to include all nine main professions seems to be registering positively with most players. It’s a unique addition, and fits well with RIFT‘s purely cosmetic decision-making process when it comes to choosing a crafting profession.
Speaking of choices, Trion also released a more detailed explanation of how the REX system and gifting will work when our free-to-play system goes live next month. It will definitely be interesting to see how the REX economy takes shape.