IMO the writing was on the wall for an IC in this expansion as soon as the Erebor Cluster (and what a cluster!) started to slip further and further behind.
On a slightly less related note; do you guys feel this game is dying in same scenario as SWG did?
Could they have catered for everyone with HD, instead of ####ty big battles - YES
Should they have - YES
But they decided to drive a lot of people away, i've left the game as a result...ill keep updating on the off-chance of a change, but im not holding out much hope. Ill give teso a good try when its out....and play the rift in the time between. Sad state of affairs when an MMO is actively discouraging end-game group play.
If and when they'll someday announce new content in form of either BB's or traditional instance cluster it better be the traditional one because that will just show that they just don't care about anything. BB's were good for the first 2 weeks, but now? no thanks... People are leaving and if nothing changes they'll find most of the smaller servers empty rather quicky. And it isn't just about the end game either; the moors are broken and there are soo many bugs that the list is endless....
I hate to say it but I think that no matter how hard we cry, blame comment and critisise here nothing's going to change, end of story. Just sad to see where this is going (the game, not posts in this thread)
But enough QQ from me, goodbye
What pizzles me off is that Sapience takes the time to answer trifling queries in his hobbity love-in threads and elsewhere but a big question like "when are we likely to see a traditional raid cluster again?" he is stubbornly silent.
He doesn't even have the decency to say I can't answer that because of blah blah or it will be some time in blah blah. All he will say is that "nada raids" has been plainly communicated since blah blah. And then we get to hear about it on a third party site after a conversation with his Hobbit homeboys.
Like my granny use to say "that's Twaddle with a capital T".
you get to feeling that they just don't care (blub)
got that off my chest :D
I think most of the time, he doesn't answer the Big Questions for a variety of reasons (often more than one reason at the same time):
1. It has already been answered. Maybe not recently, but the answer still hasn't changed.
2. People really don't like hearing the answer. They don't react well. Pain ensues all around.
3. The question can't yet be answered. Rather than give a maybe-this answer now, waiting a few days/weeks/(months?) for the answer to solidify.
4. Giving the answer would not help Turbine with their ultimate goal of getting people to play LOTRO so they can make money and develop the game further (to make more money). In fact, the answer would be entirely counter-productive to that goal.
5. As mentioned, any combination of all the above.
For example: new PvP zone? See Standard Responses 1, 2, and 4.
For example: when new raid/instance cluster? See S.R.s 2, 3, and 4.
For example: when housing upgrade? See S.R.s 2 and 3 (and sort of 1, but things have shifted).
And so on.
All joking aside, I'll be cancelling my sub. There is simply nothing worth doing at end game. Battles are boring, skirms are boring, redoing old instances for the 1000th time is boring. As boring as that all is, even any nice gear you do get is useless since you can easily complete all the content with landscape and quest gear, so there is no motivation to grind through this boring content.
For me, bottom line, no raid = no sub. Which is sad, because after two years away I renewed my sub in hopes of enjoying this game again, and now I'm just gonna cancel it again.
The numbers in my kin have plummeted as well in the last few weeks from 8-10 online in the evenings to 1-2. If I wasn't leveling my baby warden, the numbers would probably be 0-1...
Where are all these soloers that are so extremely happy with the game?
I still refuse to watch the hobbit until it is all done and on dvd s i dont have to wait to finish the movie. I dont need a year to use the restroom ....
If you need more confirmation just go look at how many times a PvMP map came up in the 20 Questions. We've been saying we do not plan to make a new map for nearly two years. When we get very blunt, and say it won't change Period, we're told we are being rude. The truth is, re-asking the question a dozen isn't going to change the answer and there becomes very little point in continuing to address it.