So one of the bigger qq's about Rift that I see if the leveling is kind of standard and nothing really changes from one alt to the next which is right.
I think the easiest way to fix this is to add a new race. It can actually be done simply by taking the EQ approach.
The EQ approach is to add a island that is basically the lowbie leveling zone like Rotunga (rat race). Rotunga was nothing fancy mind you. You start out on a beach and the city is like two shacks. You travel around this small island and then meet up with everyone else around lvl 16.
I know Trion is pushing this time traveler stuff, but it is 2011 and they need to consider what their competition is doing. I'll put money on it that GW2 and ToR will be hailed for having separate starting zones.
Trion is mostly EQ devs, so I am sort of confused why this has not been done yet. Ember Isle is a missed opportunity in my view because they are basically reusing Dwarves and Kelari. I think with such hefty competition coming up in 2012 for long term viability of Rift the game needs more re playability even if it is just for 10 levels on a starting island.
Also 1.7 looks to be Planetouched Wilds. This is a closed off zone away from the other zones and seems like yet another perfect opportunity to add a new race. Just take a section of Planetouched and make it a lowbie zone and have a teleporter take people to Silverwood or Freemarch after they hit like lvl 6.
Edited, Oct 31st 2011 11:11am by Puremallace