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Posted: Sep 29th 2009 3:37PM (Unverified) said

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Expansion packs for MMO's that charge a monthly fee should be free reguardless.

Posted: Sep 29th 2009 5:29PM Wisdomandlore said

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Check when your 3-month sub renews. Mine's up in a few weeks, and I'm just going to let it expire, then resub to the 3-month plan and get Mirkwood free.

Posted: Sep 29th 2009 4:15PM Kyzgar said

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Well, a subscription really just pays for the servers, maintenance, customer support and all of the ongoing operational costs. If you want new content on top of that, the money has to come from somewhere. There are basically just two options: a one-time fee for the new content, or a much higher subscription rate. If you charge a higher subscription, you'll likely have fewer subscribers, and many will pay for content they may never see, which is not cool at all.

I really think Turbine's doing the right thing for its customers with this approach.

Posted: Sep 29th 2009 6:44PM (Unverified) said

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What? Plenty of Devs offer free expansions, CCP is on its way to its 11th for Eve Online for example.

Posted: Sep 29th 2009 7:45PM JaySpeed said

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And LOTRO has already had 9 free content updates in the two years it's been out plus 1 paid expansion. This will be the 2nd paid expansion for LOTRO with more free content updates coming next year when Volume 3 launches in 1st quarter 2010. LOTRO is also getting a DX11 update in the 1st quarter 2010. WOO HOO!
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Posted: Sep 29th 2009 8:03PM (Unverified) said

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Well that is better then a lot of MMOs I have to admit :)
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Posted: Sep 29th 2009 6:53PM (Unverified) said

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This was a note from one of Turbine's marketing people on the forums today:

"If you already subscribe via a multi-month plan you're all set. Just keep your plan active through the launch of Mirkwood and it's free!"

Posted: Sep 29th 2009 8:48PM Sunaris said

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the best mmo on the net just got better!

Posted: Sep 29th 2009 8:57PM Lateris said

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I will stick with CCP and Turbine. I love my LOTRO and Eve.

Posted: Oct 21st 2009 6:07PM (Unverified) said

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sweet

Posted: Oct 21st 2009 7:02PM (Unverified) said

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sweet

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