Looks like Rift is now f2p, as of june 13th. There has been a tone of changes with this major update. A few that I like is the 2 extra bag slots I can have, as well as you can now train in ALL of the crafts on a toon. I was also able to get a few of the world event mounts and pets with the new currency that I wasn't able to get durint the events. You can see a more detailed list of changes on the Patch Notes page.
It looks like there is a ton of new players checking out the game. There is even a queu for my home server (Deepwood) most of the time. And that means there is lots of players in the beginning zones and some lag everywhere.
I would also like to welcome all the new players to the wiki here. Thanks for checking things out.