While predicted and anticipated by some, the news that Lord of the Rings Online is going free-to-play this fall
still hit like a 1,000-pound bomb yesterday. The new free-to-play LotRO forums
were abuzz about the topic, some excited to have their friends join in
, some calling for a boycott
, and others simply wanting more information
before coming to a conclusion. One thing is clear: Turbine is hoping for lightning to strike twice after DDO's
successful move to F2P last year.
Turbine posted a small book's worth of information already, including a letter from LotRO's new executive producer
Kate Paiz, a fairly comprehensive FAQ
, and a chart comparing the benefits
of each of the three tiers of players.
It's certainly a lot to digest, and after a day to sort through the news and commentary, we want to hear from you: what do you think of LotRO's
new free-to-play model? For those of you who've abstained from LotRO
due to the subscription fee, will this be enough to entice you to dip your toes into Middle-earth? If you're a lifetime subscriber
, do you feel as though you're being compensated properly in this transition? Is this a sign of desperation or a beacon of hope for the future of the game? Are you excited about the new content coming this fall, including a new region to explore? Will you reserve judgment until you try the beta?