If you’re not following RIFT, here’s your quick rundown of the game. It’s a promising new subscription-based fantasy MMORPG by Trion World Network, set in an original world, borrowing heavily from titles like World of Warcraft and Warhammer but doing so in a way that feels fresh and new. It’s releasing on March 1st, which is great for those who are looking for a new MMO to play. It’s also now available for pre-order on Steam. I wanted to do a quick post just to run through the races and showing some of the character creation options for those who are interested.
A few general things to note: This is the beta, so things could change. Each race has a different color palette to choose from. There is not a weight/physique slider, nor is there is a breast slider. These characters are very detailed, but there isn’t a ton of room to customize them to fit your desired look aside from height, hair style/color, eyes, skin color, facial markings, mouth size, and eyebrows. Yes, I realize I should have turned antialiasing on before taking screenshots.
As you can see, the Mathosian women do not come in many color variations. My choices were either “mousey-tan” female avatar, or extremely pale female avatar. I could not make my character look black or Asian. While one could argue that the character on the left could be of mixed race, this avatar is no doubt Caucasian-based. The breast size is surprisingly not gigantic and there isn’t much cleavage showing (at least not in the Rogue costume).
I was pleasantly surprised by the Dwarves. I was able to make a character that isn’t super thin like the others (in fact, I can’t really be a super thin Dwarf if I wanted to since there is not a weight slider). I was able to make my avatar look like a black female without much difficulty at all – there even appears to be at least one hairstyle made for black avatars. I think the Dwarves are actually super cute in RIFT, unlike a lot of other games where they are meant to be the ‘uglier’ race.
The Elf women have very angelic faces, and very little in terms of customization racially. On the left is the darkest elf that I could make (not dark at all) and on the right is the lightest elf. These characters are very slender with slight abdominal muscles showing, especially on the more tanned avatars. Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with the elf race. They’re pretty much standard elven fare.
The Ethian seemed to be the most racially diverse group. I could make a wide variety of colors and the hairstyles were also appropriate. The women are similar in body type to the Mathosians. They seemed the most “human” out of the races in RIFT.
The punk in me loves the Kelari. They only come in various shades of purple, have breasts that aren’t constantly in your face, look stronger than their Elf counterparts, and have a badass feel to them. They’re like WoW Night Elves without the annoying bouncing. I gotta respect the ‘hawk.
Alright ladies, I’m saving the best for last. Can you say, hawt? Now, this is all personal preference…but the Bahmi look like sexy strong women who I wouldn’t kick out of, uh, Telara. Like seriously, if I made a character that looked like the woman on the left I’d have a hard time actually playing the game and not just taking screenshots of her. Anyway….their expression is fierce, they are muscled and larger in stature, and I love them. They are the ‘tribal’ race, and it appears Trion are trying to buck any criticisms of racial stereotypes by making them purple instead of normal human skin tones. Granted, they’re still an idealized body type and I’d love a weight slider, but this is my kind of character direction.
So what do you think? Which race is your favorite? Do you see any glaring problems with the character race choices? Are you going to pick up RIFT in March?