Trion has been busy keeping the Rift community satisfied. Toward the end of June, patch 1.3 introduced free character/guild transfers and Guild Banks, in addition to the "Waves of Madness" content update. That particular world event is still going, but testing for Rift 1.4 is already set to begin tomorrow on the Public Test Shard. The new features being tested are the upcoming Cross Shard LFG system and an alternate gameplay mode for the Whitefall Steppes Warfront.
When implemented, Cross Shard LFG will allow you to group with players from other Shards across your Wargroup for instances. Hopefully, this will ease queue times for less popular dungeons.
For the PvP crowd, Whitefall Steppes will be getting a new Capture-the-Flag style gameplay mode, dubbed "Escalation." Both the Guardians and Defiants have brought in massive rune cannons to aid them in the never-ending war for dominance, and players must collect Sourcestones to power these weapons. In order to win, one side must gather three Sourcestones from the battlefield and take them back to base. Note that the stones can also be stolen from your base, so defense is required.
If you're interested in helping Trion out with testing the new LFG system and Warfront mode, check the official forums for more details. Testing is scheduled to begin tomorrow afternoon.