According to Sapience on the forums with regards to the Riders of Rohan closed beta invites will be sent out as soon as this weekend!
Let’s just say I wouldn’t ignore my inbox this weekend if I were you.
That means closed beta is going to potentially start very soon for some lucky players so it is the perfect time to share some closed beta rules. We would hate more than anything for someone to be kicked out of RoR beta for lack of understanding what being invited means.
The first thing you need to know is that this is a invite-only closed beta. There is no application to join the beta.
At first it will be limited to small groups and then they will start inviting more and more as the beta goes on. [source] Those invited will receive an email to the address on your Turbine account with the details about the beta.
Those who have pre-purchased Riders of Rohan will get “preferred access”, meaning they have a better chance of getting into the beta program (but not guaranteed). [source]
Not to worry if you haven’t pre-ordered because all players have a chance to be invited to the closed beta. I would guess (meaning I haven’t seen Turbine expressly say this) that more active accounts will be invited before those who pop in now and then.
Turbine also plans to give away beta keys on their Facebook and Twitter pages as well. [source]
Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
The beta is covered by a heavily enforced Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).
What this means is that if you are invited to the closed beta you cannot tell anyone about it. It’s sort of like the first two rules of Fight Club. Even stating that you were invited is a violation and can cause your access to the beta to be revoked. [source]
- Don’t talk about it in game
- Don’t post about it on LOTRO Forums
- Do not share screenshots from the test client
- Don’t even post about it here
- Just don’t talk about it people!
We’ve seen folks get booted from the program before so if you want to check out the beta be a good Hobbit and “Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe”.
To all of those hoping for a beta invite, good luck!