Late last week there was an update to the Public Test Shard (PTS), and during this update we saw a couple of new items pop up in the RIFT Store. They’re all consumable items that only have Credit costs. Among the new consumables is a portable auction house with 3 charges, a vial that tracks artifact locations on the mini-map for a limited amount of time, and a consumable item that lets you instantly mount for half an hour. Definitely an interesting choice of items. “What’s the catch?” you ask? Keep reading and take a look at our preview.
Note: As always, all information on the PTS, including prices, is subject to change at any time.
Artifact Hunter’s Tracking Vial and Twisted Artifact Hunter’s Tracking Vial
These are fairly self-explanatory. Check the title image for the tooltip of the non-Twisted version. These one-time-use consumables last a mere 15 minutes, last through death, and let you see artifacts on your mini-map within a certain range. The Twisted version works on Twisted artifacts naturally. Both will set you back 432 Credits apiece.
These vials are a nifty idea. Unfortunately, their nifty-ness kind of fades when you realize that they’re 432 Credits for 15 minutes. That’s quite a large chunk of Credits for such a limited time.
Spring Loaded Pow Kickers
Couldn’t resist bringing the Pow to RIFT, could ya, Trion? Well, can’t say we blame you. It is fun to run them over. Anyways, this one-time-use consumable will let you instantly mount for a half-hour, lasts through death, and also costs 432 Credits.
Now, this is an interesting one for sure. Some players are afraid of how these will work in PvP Warfronts while others simply think the cost, again, is too high for an item you use once. It’s almost a shame Trion didn’t add a gadget you can purchase for a much higher amount that makes this effect permanent.
This item comes with 3 charges and allows you to summon an Auction House NPC anywhere. It has a 1 minute cooldown and costs 675 Credits.
The auctioneer seems a little more cost-effective since it has multiple charges, at least, but it still seems fairly high-priced.
Oh, and this is a random tidbit, but look– there’s a new line at the top of our Notoriety UI frame:
Are the prices on these consumables too high? Perhaps, but it seems Trion intends for these items to be not quite commonplace. Daglar made a brief appearance in one of the forum threads where the community was discussing these new items, and he maintained that, “Not every good or service is going to be applicable to all users. Some services are luxuries and a percentage of the population will choose to have them.”
What do you folks think?