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Posted: Nov 13th 2008 6:37PM mandarin said

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Hope it goes well. Korean MMOs are mostly grindfests.

Posted: Nov 13th 2008 7:16PM Softserve said

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I'm slightly surprised that Hangame is handling both LotRO and WAR.

Posted: Nov 13th 2008 7:48PM Abriael said

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It's not that surprising, i think war and lotro really appeal to almost completely different playerbases.
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Posted: Nov 13th 2008 10:42PM Jesspiper said

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Abriael is correct (you won't see me saying that often, let me tell you). But the fact is that the two games have vastly different target playerbases. WAR's release went relatively unnoticed in LOTRO: many noticed no difference in population on the servers and there was really no major issue amognst the community. It wasn't at all like the small dent WAR put in WoW, or the mass exodus WAR caused in AoC. Totally different gaming experinces.

My real concern is that both the LoTR and Warhammer intellectual properties are very British/western, and I'm not too sure if they will have as much appeal as WoW/GW, which are all the rage in the East (Guild Wars has 4 million players for example, which many people don't realize)
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Posted: Nov 13th 2008 11:55PM Softserve said

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I was thinking more in the sense that it's surprising a single company is handling two successful MMORPGs from totally different publishers/developers. For all intents and purposes they are competitors, but I think it's interesting that it turned out that way over there.

As for appeal, apparently LotR in general is very popular in Korea. I have no idea if that will translate to players, though.
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Posted: Nov 13th 2008 8:32PM (Unverified) said

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I think War will be big in Korea, they love their pvp

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