RIFT prepares for record-breaking Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up in a little over two weeks, which means online games and real-world stores are shaping up for the Most Romantic Day of the Year. One of these is RIFT, which would like to combine hopeless romanticism with a desire for over-achieving.

Developer Trion Worlds has revealed plans to break a World Record inside RIFT, by holding the most virtual marriages in a 24 hour period.

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Festivities kick off at 9am PST on February 14th (that is, 5pm GMT, 4am Feb 15th in Sydney). Scott Hartsman, CCO of Trion Worlds and Executive Producer of RIFT is a little pleased:

MMOs are the most fun when you’re playing with friends and loved ones.

Whether exploring Telara and adventuring with your significant other, or meeting up with geographically distant friends in a virtual pub, the MMO experience is about bringing people together, and our new weddings and gatherings exemplify this philosophy. We think the Valentine’s Day record attempt is a unique way for players to celebrate Rift’s spirit of camaraderie while making real-world history.

Even though real-world marriages involve more than a few hoops that need to be jumped through, RIFT weddings are a little more simple, particularly when update 1.7 rolls out in early February.

It’s just a matter of heading to a marriage vendor (no, really) in your faction’s capital city, picking out a ring, and then (humbly) offering it to your beloved/chosen target.

Of course, if you want to make things a little more “special”, then there are scripted wedding events available, including wedding garb, ring exchanges, walks down the aisle and – of course – a reception (for up to 200 friends!).

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Making this all even more impressive: RIFT is an equal opportunity world, and marriage in Telara is permitted between any two consenting player characters, regardless of age, sex, character race or anything else.

…actually, there’s one restriction. You won’t be able to marry someone from an opposing faction. This may prevent your star-crossed Romeo & Juliet-style romance from fully blossoming, but – y’know – it makes a certain sense.

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