Pity more can't also speak to the quality of said "group" content without violating the NDA. The news is already out, regardless - and it isn't pretty.
Sure, Big Battles are the gimmick du jour, but that doesn't mean they will offer a satisfying group experience - and so far, the verdict is pretty negative from what I've read. They are essentially skirmishes, which aren't exactly a crowd pleaser.
There have been skirmishes out for years now that just about any level can engage in, but there were also instance clusters and raids in the mix as well.
Meh, no use beating a dead horse. They offer e-zines a look at the game, but don't let them actually play it. Not really a confidence booster.
And to address your point, Khafar, do you really think the PR could be any worse if people had an idea what was up? At least then the negativity couldn't be blamed on conjecture.
They can't win either way, but at least they would have something substantial to (potentially) quell some criticism. Besides, the LI issue happened when this game was in its prime - and you would expect a high degree of critical review. There aren't nearly as many discriminating eyes watching LotRO anymore... and Turbine, quite frankly, has nothing to lose. Lots of people are already expecting low-budget anyway.
I'll say it again, if you had something worth showing off, you'd show it off. Period. That's how you make money. Or you can try to make money with talk and hope people believe the talk.
And why don't we all stop the politics chat riiiiiiiight therrrrrre...
OMG! I hated Power Hour with an ungodly passion. At the Brit Bank that's all I saw everybody saying. POWER HOUR. POWER HOUR. POWER HOUR. Over and over again. And no one actually played, all they did was cycle through their alts for power hour. I was so happy when Origin did away with that.
Ok, rant over. :D