Kehleyr has announced that the Palantir Preview Program is now accepting applications. For those who may not know what the Palantir Program is, it is a closed program where selected volunteer players test new content for the game before it goes into Beta (if it even gets that far).
The Palantir Private Preview Program is a testing program similar to a Beta Program but much smaller in scope. While Beta Programs are generally organized to test large Expansion Packs, participants in the Palantir Program test everything in between, such as the quarterly updates.
This program allows for players to place their input on features, test dungeons, submit bugs, mold character changes, and provide their opinions on many other aspects of the game in order to assist Turbine in making decisions about upcoming content to LOTRO.
So what are the requirements for the Program?
Requirements of the Palantir Private Preview Program
- Must have a valid VIP or Premium subscription in good standing to The Lord of the Rings Online
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must be able to interact with the community in a mature and constructive manner
- Must be able to communicate well through forum posts and bug reports
- Must have a strong command of written English
- You must accept the terms of the Private Preview Program Non-Disclosure Agreement, the full contents of which will be provided during the registration process should you be accepted to the program
As you can see most of these requirements are pretty standard. Although some players who are not native-English speakers might be intimidated, I would highly suggest that you apply anyway; especially since most of the people who write us apologizing for their English actually have great command of the language.
Previous members of the program will also find that they will need to reapply to the program and that there are some new rules to the program.
What’s New This Time Around?
We’ve decided to try a new approach to membership.
First, we are introducing Premium players as eligible to apply to the program! However, as this is going to open up our qualifying pool of applicants significantly while we, the team, is remaining rather small, we need to limit the number of people we can have in the program at any given time.
Which leads us to the second point: In order to allow a fair chance to as many people as possible without overwhelming our team, we are limiting membership to 6 month stints. If you’re accepted to the program you can remain a member for 6 months and then your membership will be retired. After that you must wait another 6 months before applying again.
At first the sixth-month-in and sixth-month-out change seems like a long time. However, I think that this is a good way for Turbine to rotate people in and out of the program. This way players who may have stopped participating can be weaned out instead of taking up a slot that an active participant could take. Plus, if it doesn’t work out well this requirement can always be adjusted. So if you’re interested in applying you can do so here. Good luck!