Trion Worlds, the creators of the MMORPG Rift (as well as the upcoming multimedia project Defiance), have proposed a challenge to achieve a world record. The challenge? Get the highest number of players married in an MMORPG over a 24hour period.
Of course, this means that Rift is going to have an update to allow for players to marry in game, which, as far as I know, is a first for a western MMORPG. The event is set to take place on Valentines Day, which is the 14th of February (I had to look this up :P), and will begin at 9AM PST.
On the update, Trion had this to say –
“MMOs are the most fun when you’re playing with friends and loved ones,” said Scott Hartsman, Executive Producer, Rift, and Trion’s CCO. “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.”
When patch 1.7 goes live, players will be able to marry each other by visiting a Marriage Vendor and purchase a wedding ring to give to the player of your choosing. Trion also plans to have massive wedding ceremonies available for players to partake in with the bride and groom, as well as upto 200 of their personal friends, or guild mates, or randoms from tradechat.
Marriage in Telara is an equal opportunity venture, with any two consenting player characters able to wed regardless of character race or sex, with the sole restriction being that members of the opposing factions are unable to tie the knot. Any player with a Trion Account is eligible to take part in the event, and a Valentine’s Day-exclusive in-game title (“Tier of Knots”) will be awarded to each wedded character.
Be sure to check out the official site to purchase the game pr sign up for a trial in order to partake in this event.