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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 9:31AM TheGreatMachine said

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Yea, they do
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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 9:28AM BigAndShiny said

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oh crap. another game ruined by the endless onslaught of "free2play" i hope they do this well, but at least they'll be playing this as opposed to some of the other attempts at the genre in recent years.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 9:33AM (Unverified) said

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This is not good news. People are used to paying a set amount for a game, and furthermore, games that come free are often viewed by quality standards as "you get what you pay for" but the real reason this is bad, because it didnt start out as a free to play title, is that conservative customers will avoid the game knowing that the payment needed to enjoy the game is now variable.

Game developers are essentially going into welfare with the free to play status~ if they cant get $15 a month from subscribers they believe they might as well settle for impulse purchases, but what they dont realise is that there arent enough gamers to cover all of these free to play titles, and eventually if it hasnt happened already, free to plays will need to be developed with high standards to even get those subscribers.

If you want to run a free to play, stop serving the public medieval fantasy mmorpgs, we have enough already.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 10:18AM Omali said

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When Turbine relaunched Dungeons and Dragons Online as a free to play model, they later reported a growth of one million players, 500% increase in sales, and double the subscribers. The game has grown so much in fact that they are adding servers.

Stop posting, you have no idea what you're talking about.
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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 9:38AM TheJackman said

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If free-to-play can up the crappy D&D Online "dying game" to a "most played title" think what it can do for LOTRO!

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 9:44AM (Unverified) said

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I'm torn. on the one hand I like the idea of owning my upgrades and what not and being able to play even if I'm down on my luck one month and can't pay for my subscription. On the other, I worry that the time and money I've put into it will be diminished, and I'll have to pay even more to get features that I automatically would have gotten if the game remained by subscription.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 9:45AM dudes said

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I'm glad I didn't sign up for Lifetime membership.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 5:38PM Trodomir said

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Well if you knew what you were posting about, you'd see it differently.

Glad I did as well as being a founder. I get a free VIP membership out of it. Don't have to spend a cent and make 500 points a month and get all the content, etc. Lifetime members are making out very nicely on this deal.
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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 9:46AM Dratyan said

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Maybe it's a bad news to the existing players, but I've never played the game because of the subscription. I already pay US$14,90 for an MMO, and can't afford maintaining another one. Now I'll definitely play LotRO; I'm a big fan of the books and movies.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 9:46AM (Unverified) said

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Amana said on 11:44AM 5-27-2010:
Jeff Junge? :-o Oh dear.
All I have to say to Turbine is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb7TJAyJJ0M&feature=related

http://www.massively.com/2010/05/27/warner-bros-appoints-turbines-new-boss/

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 9:59AM (Unverified) said

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As soon as I heard this news my first thought was "didn't they get a new boss recently."

Turbine we hardly knew ye.
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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 1:03PM Eamil said

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Honestly, I was going to say something, but then I remembered someone on the first page said exactly what I would have said so I'll just copy/paste it:

"Right, because they thought this up, planned it, and executed it in the last month."
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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 9:53AM OmegaDestroyer said

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Why are people worried about this? There are plenty of F2P games out there that are doing very well.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 9:54AM Dandmcd said

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Good news, imo. I can't afford to be subscribing to 2 or 3 MMO's every month, so LOTRO going F2P will allow me to play again.

I hope this will be as successful as DDO going F2P, I wish Turbine luck with it.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 9:57AM CCon99 said

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This is terrible news.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 4:26PM CCon99 said

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Nice to see a CURRENT LotRO player isn't allowed to have an opinion.
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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 9:58AM aurickle said

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Overall I think this will be a plus for the game. I share the concerns voiced above by Landroval folks, but most of the other naysayers are people who didn't even bother to read the other information linked to in the article.

I also think it's a safe bet that SoM was the last real expansion for the game, and even that was small compared to MoM. There won't be any more box expansions. On the other hand, that also means that we will most likely see what happened with DDO in the form of an increased number of updates throughout the year -- something that LotRO has been suffering a sever shortage of since MoM launched. This should keep the game much more vital throughout the year, rather than just bursts after the expansions come out.

The bottom line is that they can't do much to hurt it beyond what they already have done in the last year. Things have been pretty stagnant for quite a while. If this accelerates the rate at which the map is filled in and the story is progressed, so much the better! Meanwhile, I still have no regrets over my lifetime purchase. In fact, it's quite possible that I will never have to spend another dime on the game -- something that would not have been the case if they had stayed with the old model and released annual box expansions.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 9:59AM Tizmah said

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It's for the best that it is going F2P. I mean theres so many MMOs now and many AAA titles on the way soon. It's better than slowly fading off in the background. At least with this they will go out with a bang.

Besides, Turbine is kinda needs to start getting another MMO going probably. Or are they working on something already? Can't remember.

There will be plenty of people to play with as well.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 11:08AM Ocho said

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Turbine was recently bought out by Warner Bros. for probably the exact purpose of creating and implementing a Harry Potter MMO. Just a guess, of course.
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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 10:02AM (Unverified) said

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This is the best thing that could've happened to lotro. Why all the hate, haters? DDO just keeps improving since it went f2p, and I never would have been able to go back to it if it wasn't free. Now I can play an awesome game as casually as I want. I've spent maybe $30 total on store points, WELL worth the money, as opposed to paying $15 a month for something I play maybe 3 to 4 days per month.

I love lotro, but again, I don't play it nearly enough to warrant a monthly subscription, but I WILL, however, have no problem dropping $30 bucks a year or so for a fantastic free to play title just to get an adventure pack or some cool items.

I agree totally with this decision. I guarantee lotro will quadruple in profits from this move, and at the same time generate at least twice the player accounts. If DDO did so well with this model, lotro is a way better game than it, and it will be a tremendous success. I'll definitely be playing come the fall.

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