It has been a year, since we pledged our support for Apple devices.

(It's also an year since Apple's founder Steve Job's death.)

We are happy to report that we've just tested Riftforge on the new retina iPad. All battles are now playable on the iPad.

One thing we've noticed is that the new retina display doesn't render the artwork at 100% but scales it up. Pixel art usually gets distorted when displayed in any resolution other than native. However, in this case, it looks pretty nice and at least on the new snow maps, the troops pop with excellent clarity. Read more »

Cardinal Commander
Commander Pratis
Cardinal battalion commander

 

A strange twist of fate at Riftforge has paved the way for the most overpowered batch of units.

When you look at your new recruitment options, make sure you check out the Gutripper, Varangian, and Bloodhound. OK, enough spoilers!

We've reduced the prices on old units to match those of the new uber elites. In short, all units are now officially 50% cheaper than before.

Based on your feedback, we've also reduced the price of armors (dramatically from 54,000 to 12,000). So if you've delayed armor upgrades, now is a good time to catch up. Read more »

Nightblade Commander
Commander Chaya
Nightblade battalion commander

 

Six elite units are now available at Riftforge, for a total of 18 elite battalions.

The Mercantile Guild has generously allowed some of its elite Vigilantes to join you in battle.

Don't like Vigilantes? No worries, each archetype gets two new units: an elite core and a special trooper, so be sure to check them out.

To speed up playtesting, we are introducing the new units at a reduced price, so you can easily afford to recruit them. Remember that patrols now get you superior weapons in addition to gold, so making a lot of gold has never been easier. Read more »

Reavers and Venetians
Reavers and Venetians,
the new Raider elite

 

Finally, the last two elite units that took part in the August campaign: Reavers and Venetians.

They are an addition to the Raiders and play on their strengths: hit-and-run tactics.

Venetians

Often confused with circus freaks or clowns, the Venetian assassins are famous for their short fuses.

The absolute certain way to get their attention is to ask one of them with your most innocent voice: "You know how to make a Venetian Blind?"

The punchline is "poke him in the eye" but unless you actually poke the Venetian in the eye, chances are you'll have a hard time finishing the joke between two gurgles from your slit throat. Read more »

Wolverine and Headhunter
Wolverine and Headhunter,
the new Ranger elite

 

This week, another two elite units get the star treatment.

Enter the Wolverine and the Headhunter.

Wolverine

When these elite grenadiers were promoted to elite status, they requested to be known as the Bear Shaman or the Grizzlies.

When the request was turned down, they had to come up with an alternative. Ferocious and individualistic, the Wolverine won as mascot in the first round of voting and was soon sanctioned as the official unit name.

It didn't take long for the other elite troopers to start teasing them that that Wolverines are not bears but in fact are big weasels. So it is up to the Wolverines to prove that weasels, big or small, are ruthless predators. Read more »

Raider Commander
High House Oshiro
is giving away superior items

Another major update comes to Riftforge, turning it into a more traditional RPG: L-O-O-T!

Indeed, there have been new swords, bows, daggers and what not flying in every direction.

Why? Thanks to the new and improved patrols!

Before we cover the loot, let's look at what's new and improved about patrols (PvE).

Improved Patrols

  • Area Map - your patrol reveals portions of Caldaria, never explored before
  • New routes - troop's progresss is displayed as well as the encounter difficulty
  • Auto tuning - if you are defeated, the difficulty is automatically reduced by one
  • Smooth scaling - lower difficulty patrols when your level is low (level cap>
  • Easy pray - Caldarian HP and damage has been decreased dramatically