In all of the excitement of Helm's Deep
and the changes that it brought, it was pretty easy to forget that we are running out the clock on 2013 and the devs have yet to do anything about housing other than evict a lot of bums and fiddle with the chests. Remember that promise? One of Executive Producer Kate Paiz's four big initiatives
for the year? Let me refresh your memory, as Paiz said in January 2013: "I am extremely pleased to say that this year we will be tackling a major revision to the Housing system."
Well, bad news folks: It's not coming this year. I pinged Turbine for a comment about this, and Producer Hannah Foell
responded by saying, "After some excellent feedback from the Player's Council we elected to spend more time on it and push the housing update back to next year."
This is disappointing though not surprising. I've had the feeling that Turbine's
been "behind" with Lord of the Rings Online
this year, especially considering the expansion testing and release, and the studio's been visibly reluctant to get moving on a housing revamp, going so far as to downplay expectations by the community. So if we're not getting any improvements to housing in 2013, then I have time to ponder what this system needs. And since I'm not on this super-secretive and super-mysterious player council, you can hear what my thoughts are right now.