If you’re a RIFT veteran, you might remember back when Trion had some fun with odd teases and cryptic hints regarding the introduction of Conquest more than a year ago. Game developers teasing new games/content can be kind of fun, especially when smart gamers put on their super sleuth goggles and begin to unravel the mystery before it’s fully revealed. It seems Trion’s up to their old tricks again, this time with a completely new game. Yep, we’re talking Trove.
Update 11/14/13: Trion announced that the team will reveal Trove during tomorrow’s live stream. They also released a new screenshot that looks pretty sweet. More details to come after the live stream!
A few days ago, the Trion team and Scott Hartsman registered a full set of Trove web domains. We wondered if Trove had something to do with RIFT‘s next water-themed expansion or if it was a new game entirely.
Yesterday, more pieces plopped into the puzzle. Trove definitely seems to be its own game. Trion made a new Twitter account and new Facebook page with a shiny new icon (pictured to the right). This image doesn’t give away too much, but as you can see, it’s a trove/treasure box in the shape of a cube. The single Tweet on the account thus far is “Where will you go?” This seems to be eluding to a game that’s promising to be extremely open-ended.
The account’s description simply reads, “Something new from Trion Worlds.” A simple graphical cube and an open-ended world. Hm. Seems like Trove might stylistically be similar to Minecraft, wouldn’t you say?
The hints continued later in the day as one of RIFT‘s super forum sleuths discovered a datamined image. Here is the logo/image TehFrank uncovered:
Hello, 8-bit graphics and a pretty awesome-looking sword!
Later, Trion also changed the company’s Twitter account image to the image in the header image above. This pretty much confirmed the game’s graphical style.
Interesting stuff. These new images sparked some thoughtful speculation over the day on both the RIFT forums and on sites like Massively. Most fans think that Trove will most likely be a completely new 8-bit/voxel style game that might be similar to Minecraft or Cube World, but will ultimately try and be something a little cooler. With EverQuest Next Landmark around the corner, there’s a high chance that MMO developers will be tempted to do something similarly sandbox-y to give gamers more playgrounds for 100% player-made content. Still, with a name like Trove, one would think this game would have to be at least somewhat loot-based. Maybe an adventure game in the style of Minecraft?
There are many possibilities here, and Trove looks like it may be pretty interesting. We still have no idea what platforms Trove will be for, but with any luck, Trion will begin to tell us the real details soon. Possibly. After the team, you know, releases all the teases and has their fun.