Community Manager James "Elrar" Nichols just announced that Trion Worlds will be testing some of the upcoming Update 1.4 content on Rift's Public Test Shard tomorrow, July 14 at 3 p.m. PDT. The two features being tested are the upcoming Cross Shard LFG system and an all new alternate gameplay mode for the Whitefall Steppes Warfront.
Yes, Trion has decided to expand the looking for group tool across servers. "You will not notice any difference when using the LFG tool in-game; however, with the release of Cross Shard LFG you'll have the ability to take on dungeons with other players on shards across your Wargroup," Nichols said.
As for the alternate Whitefall Steppes gameplay mode, it's called Escalation. The Guardians and Defiants have deployed massive rune cannons on the map, and players must "capture three Sourcestone from the field and hold them at your base to win. Beware though; Sourcestone can be stolen directly from your base by the enemy."
So what are your thoughts on the cross shard LFG system? Are you happy that you'll get to form groups more easily, or do you feel it will hurt your server's community? Let us know in the comments below!