Or so it appears. Turbine have decided to delay the launch of the forthcoming expansion to October 15th, to allow them to get the content properly into shape.
I really do not have very much or original to say about this. Firstly, I think it is a somewhat brave decision, to delay a much awaiting expansion. I do, however, think it is the right decision. Reading through the comments on the post at Casual Stroll to Mordor it seems I am not the only one. Frustrated though people might be to have to wait longer, they all seem to prefer waiting to get a better experience, and are praising Turbine for making this call.
That pretty much sums up my thoughts too: this is a really big expansion. It cannot really be compared to Rise of Isengard or Siege of Mirkwood – rather it harks back to the inclusion of Moria. Both Moria and Rohan are truly iconic areas in Middle-Earth, and both Moria and Rohan introduce substantial game systems. If Turbine muck it up, they run the risk of angering a good many of its players.
Turbine though made a smart decision along with this – pre-order Riders of Rohan before the original launch date (5th September) and one gets an additional 500 Turbine points and a goodie bag of consumables. While very much not necessary, it is I think a very nice gesture on Turbine’s part. I am sure there will be a some people who will rant and moan, but for myself I only see good things from this.
Assuming of course they can iron out the nasty bugs.