The Rift community suffered a small blow today as developers Trion Worlds announced that the upcoming expansion, Nightmare Tide, has been delayed by several weeks. The update was originally intended to launch next week, October 8th, but a new note on the forums from Executive Producer Bill Fish, offers players a brief explanation of the reasons behind the delay.

The Nightmare Tide expansion will now release on October 22nd, giving the developers more time to tweak some of the mechanics and make some community driven adjustments to the new content.

Hail Ascended, and thanks for your
awesome feedback from the Nightmare Tide Open Beta so far. We’ve been
listening to your feedback, which is so incredibly valuable to us, and
are working to address your suggestions and concerns. As a result, we’ve
decided to extend Open Beta for an additional two weeks, which means
the launch date for Nightmare Tide will be pushed back to Oct. 22.
Our goal is to make Nightmare Tide the best expansion you’ve played,
and our new launch date gives us time to batten down the hatches … and
blow you out of the water.
In the meantime, jump into Beta, give us feedback, and help ensure
we make this the best expansion we possibly can – together. We want and will act on your feedback as Nightmare Tide storms ashore!

On a slightly more positive note – the open beta that’s currently underway will continue until near the games release. If you’ve yet to sample the challenges of the Nightmare Tides, check out the official website for more information.

Source: Official Forums