So Rift is having a sale until the 28th.
DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY COMPLIMENTARY GAMEPLAY TIME. Credit, debit or game time card will be required to begin gameplay and pay the monthly recurring subscription fee.
Here is a odd thought. Even when the game is not on sale the box price for Rift is known for being dirt cheap and not being a hindrance to starting the game. Compare this to WoW where the estimated price to even get all the expansions is over a 100$ last math I saw.
Now take a Guild Wars approach where all the money is off the Box and no sub. Take that and compare it to a model where all the money is from the sub and they basically throw the box at you. Could Trion be inventing a new mmorpg payment model here?
A different form of the buy to play model?