This morning, in what must have been a tough decision by Turbine, Kate Paiz released a Letter from the Producer stating that Riders of Rohan’s release date has been pushed back from September 5th to October 15th. The reason? Simply put, the expansion needs more work and they’re not comfortable releasing the content in its current form.
Riders of Rohan news from Kate Paiz, Executive Producer
We’ve had a very successful Beta program with some of the largest and most active beta player populations we’ve seen since Moria. The amount and quality of feedback on our largest expansion ever has been fantastic.
Thanks to some great efforts from beta players, we’ve identified issues that we think need to be addressed before we can launch. In order to address those issues and meet our expectations for quality we’re going to need more time. As a result, we’ve elected to delay our launch to October 15th.
We understand that many players have been looking forward to joining us in Rohan as soon as possible and will be disappointed by this news. As a token of our appreciation for your patience we are granting a gift to all pre-purchasers of Riders of Rohan.
We thank you for your feedback and patience and hope to see you all in Rohan in October.
As a result of the delay, players who have pre-purchased The Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan will receive 500 Turbine Points and a goodie bag of consumables. Points will be awarded automatically and a code will be sent to players that have pre-purchased Riders of Rohan, The code will be redeemable from around September 5th to any account that has pre-purchased by that date.
The goodie bag will contain the following items –
- 100% XP Boost (1hr)
- Slayer Deed Accelerators x1 (60 min)
- +20% Renown (3 hours)
- +20% Mount Speed (1 hour)
- Tome of Defence
- Scroll of Finesse
For a list of in-game celebrations planned, including Frodo and Bilbo’s birthdays, please visit the calendar page using the tab above.
When I first read this I felt disappointment and shock. I couldn’t believe that we, the players, were going to have to wait over an additional month for the new content. (I was also grateful I hadn’t requested any time off from work, yet.) But then as I calmed down I thought what would I rather have, a horrible experience on September 5th, or a great experience on October 15th? The answer was easy for me. I would rather wait and have Rohan be the best possible experience possible, rather than stumble through it cursing in frustration. Sure, I’m still disappointed; but I’ll get over it. And in the meantime I’ll spend time leveling my alts and enjoying the game all the same. How about you?