If you’re an avid RIFT PvPer who enjoys the lower level brackets especially, you may have noticed a distinct lack of Warfront multiboxers after yesterday’s Hotfix. Trion has decided to disable the /follow command in Warfronts as well as in Conquest.
Now, if you’re unaware, multiboxing is when players load up two or more accounts on the same computer then play all of those characters at once. Utilizing special software, players can control up to five characters in this manner. Generally, the other four characters will follow very scripted action/ability sequences, are armed to do loads of burst damage, and will automatically /follow the main character. Needless to say, it can be pretty painful to face a herd of multiboxers in PvP if you’re caught by yourself.
PvP Multiboxing in RIFT wasn’t too much of problem in the level 50 PvP brackets and above due to all of the ways higher level players can disrupt multiple characters at once with AoE silences, etc., but in the lower level brackets, many players were starting to become pretty unhappy about it. The onset of free-to-play, of course, also made the whole multiboxing process a whole lot easier.
Daglar started a thread in the PvP forums asking for opinions on Trion’s decision to disable /follow in Warfronts/Conquest and hopefully nuke PvP multiboxing for good. Player opinions are mixed, but for the most part, most feel the move was a smart one. Blizzard made the exact same move a few patches ago in World of Warcraft, where PvP multiboxing had been an issue for quite a few years. Where do you stand? Was this a smart move?