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  1. Wait, so SSG isn't this new group completely different from old Turbine who are going to do an amazing job with Lotro? The Lotroplayer article is very good in summarizing the problems - easier/faster than reading the forum thread. What is most telling about the Official Forum thread is that over and over players explain how unfair this is (due to them destroying their old armor), and Cordovan and SSG decide to be completely silent on this problem. I went through the Dev tracker and Cordovan is making other posts, but SSG refuses to discuss this problem with players. Looks really bad, IMO. They are not treating players as people, but instead as a commodity.
  2. A buyer was found. WB refused to sell. Players of the game asked WB to buy it (or to license it without any rights, just so they can keep it going).
  3. http://massivelyop.com/2017/09/18/asherons-call-emulator-lead-explains-what-went-down-with-the-cease-and-desist/ discussion of this: https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/70vfya/phatac_an_emulator_revival_project_for_the/ Obviously WB cares nothing for players interests. AC is shut down. I can't see how PhatAC would make them lose money. Or that they will ever use the AC IP again. Someone's summary of events: "In December of last year WB/Turbine announced that they would be spinning off their MMORPG properties to Daybreak (aka SoE), with the devteams moving to a new company, Standing Stone Games. LOTRO and DDO were announced but noticeably absent was Asheron's Call. We all were worried, and with good reason -- because someone, possibly someone from Standing Stone Games, logged onto the official AC Facebook page to give us the bad news. AC was not part of the SSG deal. It would shut down at the end of January, and just for fun, they disabled new account creation at the same time, without warning, so those players who had left could not return to say goodbye. As a cherry on top - and possible hint that the employee wasn't happy either - they referred us to a WB Support page that didn't even list Asheron's Call as a property WB owned. 3 years ago when Turbine set AC into stasis, a museum piece dedicated to the first age of 3DMMORPGs, they made a promise to the community: We'll run it as long as we can, and when we're done, you can have the servers, so AC will live on forever. They lied."
  4. Meanwhile, back at Turbine...

    Turbine has been bad at QA for a long long time, since before Moria at least.
  5. Morder Pre-Purchase Packages Announced

    Don't get trolled by Almagnus. He has done this before. It's not worth your time. You are just giving him the attention he wants. Dude, you are way out of line.
  6. Mordor Trailer

    How can there be no one at SSG who can make a better trailer? The only explanation I can think of is they are scrambling to try to fix things before expansion launch, and so everyone was too busy to make a better trailer. They should have got a fan to make a better one.
  7. Morder Pre-Purchase Packages Announced

    I feel like SSG is doing a final cash grab with Lotro. That's why prices are so high. It's once again charge a high price for an expansion they know isn't very good, but try to get all that pre-order and order money. The same as Turbine was doing for years. The expansion sounds quite buggy and unfinished, and I expect it will be like that when they launch it - except for maybe fixing this one issue. I think they will get as much money as they can from Lotro with this expansion and the High Elf, and then start focusing on DDO and other games. They probably won't spend much more development money on Lotro, but they will be sure to announce that they will keep making updates, so people keep playing Lotro and spending money in the store. I wonder what will be the reaction when Mordor releases and has a lot of problems. Their development process sounds like: wing it, do as much as you can, and try to get it out. Instead of an actual, professional development and QA process with good deadlines well in advance of things going live.
  8. Morder Pre-Purchase Packages Announced

    I agree. Looks like get as much money out - this is the last chance. Which it is, if they don't improve the game. Also, I read that they are making DDO a main focus over Lotro - so they may have decided to try to keep development for DDO after this expansion for Lotro is over. Maybe the DDO client and servers are not as buggy as Lotro, so they decided to let Lotro fade away after this.
  9. 64-bit client?

    Cordovan just clarified on the forums. You can find his quote easily on the general forums thread on this. He said, they are "intending" to make a 64-bit client. But he said they are still looking in to it and it may not be possible. So he can promise we will get one.
  10. If SSG is truly independent, and if their only games are Lotro and DDO, then this could be the best thing for Lotro. I guess it depends if SSG will have the money to keep running and put money into the game. If Daybreak is only the publisher, maybe they can't mess up development.
  11. What is important about Daybreak is that it is recently a troubled company. It was Sony Online Entertainment before, but was sold off in 2015 by Sony. They had layoffs then. John Smedley (President) left the company and then later Russell Shanks (President) left also. I have no idea if they have stabilized financially, but this company is nothing like a typical, stable, successful games publisher. Their most recent fame is for butchering H1Z1, doing a cash grab with the battle royal mode of the game, splitting the game in 2, and then abandoning development of the main H1Z1 game. H1Z1 itself does not look like it will have a long life. Although, this did milk it for a ton of money without ever finishing the game. Landmark / EverQuest Next anyone? This is Daybreak's game. How is that game coming? They also really screwed up Planetside 2 - a game that had huge potential. Some of their games they shut down: Everquest Next: cancelled on March 11, 2016 Legends of Norrath: closed August 17, 2016 Planetside: closed July 1, 2016 Dragon's Prophet: closed November 16, 2015 Magic: The Gathering – Tactics: closed March 28, 2014 Free Realms: closed March 31, 2014 Vanguard: Saga of Heroes: July 31, 2014 Everquest, Everquest II, DC Universe Online and Planetside 2 are still running. Landmark has been essentially abandoned without an official comment. H1Z1 is still being developed, but it is generally agreed they are doing a bad job with Planetside 2 and H1Z1 - which are their two biggest games in active development. Overall, I would say Lotro's future is pretty uncertain. I imagine Lotro will kept running but put on maintenance mode like EQ2 and DCUO. They may try to milk money out of it however by putting out some small, new content. They have done a decent job keeping EQ, EQ2 and DCUO running, but AFAIK without any new development.
  12. Something to make you smile

    It is almost unbelievable. I kept wondering if this is real. Thanks for posting it.
  13. Of course not. The game is in too bad shape now.
  14. WoW Legion first impressions...

    WoW's new expansion Legion has sold over 10.3 copies already - and many people are still buying it. They have already had $515 million in sales from this expansion. It shows how making and selling a good product can be profitable. But you have to spend enough money first to make the product be good. Turbine still needs to learn this.
  15. WoW Legion first impressions...

    I am playing. So far Legion is really impressive: tons of rare mobs, the game is hard enough I am dying sometimes (and dying a lot from players on a PvP server). Questing is perfect for me: it goes fast, doesn't feel grindy, leveling is fast. The class halls are nice because every class is very different (has a different house and weapon to level up). So lots of replayability. The world feels huge at this point with all the lower level zones, Draenor (last expansions zones), etc. It's ironic WoW is now doing legendary weapons that grow with you, and companions that help you fight on the world with you. It's like Turbine could come up with good ideas, but greed or lack of effort made them bad. Lotro had companions that you call to help you, but then they made them useless by making them temporary and cost TPs. Plus, with the difficulty broken in the game, you don't need help. In WoW, it is just a nice convenience that speeds things up, and free of course. WoW has proved the sub model is much better than Turbine's (pay to lessen grind) F2P model. Now is the best time to play WoW. The worlds are absolutely alive - tons of players everywhere.
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