GameZone's Michael Lafferty writes,
"While Trion Worlds has a fantasy-based MMORPG in Rift, the quality of the world will certainly capture the imaginations of gamers. It is part of the next generation of MMOs delivered in full-on high definition with truly spectacular effects and graphics. The name change "came about as we spent time with the game," explained Scott Hartsman, CEO of Trion Redwood Shores. The protective ward that separates the land of Telara from the planes where all manner of evil dwells has been torn and rifts occur that allow all manner of creatures to come through in wave upon wave. And while some planes may have contrary names, like the Plane of Death and the Plane of Life, the goals are the same – to conquer Telara and kill the inhabitants there."