I think there are only two possibilities for HD:
1. doom-scenario: HD will be a fiasco and this would be the beginning of the end of LOTRO (if this end is/was already started it wil now be accelerated).
2. Turbine wins the battle: Turbine will kick our (= all negative rumour makers) asses so hard with a new state of the art and up-to-date gameplaying mmorpg that it will be remembered for decennia in mmo-history.
just flip the coin Turbine!
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Sept. 22nd would be a great release date, but it's a Sunday, so it'd be odd to release it on that day, whereas releases tend to occur on Tuesdays. But hey, on the 22nd no doubt we'll get a new The Hobbit trailer, but Helm's Deep would be icing on the cake.
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If this is going to be the toughest challenge and they have done so poorly with the last two challenges, How bad is this one going to be? Also the longer this takes to come the better it is for people with my beliefs. And no matter how long it takes odds are it will be shoddy anyways. Some people will not like or understand what it is I'm saying and that's ok by me. but if the past holds any kind of record on turbine, we are all set for a grind of imaginable proportions.
Remember Hytbolt and the grind? people did it because there was nothing else. Remember the lagfest called Mounted combat and how bad that was/is. Turbines last two state of the art expansions happen to be the worst two done so far. How are we who have been so disappointed suppose to react to another of the many debacles we have seen?
There will be a mass exodus if this doesn't go right. and as far as playability, who will want to do this more than once? Especially if the loot is so random!
Given that we're a little more than a week away from September, the fact that they normally do two to three months of beta and allocating in any potential temporal junction points for the space-time continuum, I'm going to shoot for late November or early December. But if there's a rift, then I'm going to shoot for early December or late November as time itself may become reversed.
Given that they haven't even announced the pre-order details and as far as I know, Helm's Deep isn't even up on Bullroarer yet, I don't think it's going to be any time soon. I am thinking maybe just in time for Christmas, but who knows. I guess one person's guess is as good as mine. I wonder if they have a date set to announce the pre-orders. I am looking forward to that so much.
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One thing is safe to say, with each passing week, the horizon is pushed further in time.
The rest is indeed speculation. Christmas is one of those time periods that game publishers like to use for their new releases.
Its also possible to launch the game which is out for the Hobbit 2? good PR and could even if WB thinks about it add a advert before the movie!
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I just read elsewhere that LOTRO will not be represented at the 2013 Pax Prime. That's a little strange, don't you think? HD is supposed to be out in a few months yet, to my knowledge, Turbine hasn't been to a single trade show to promote, or even talk about, the new expansion. There's no pre-order announcement, very little details on the expansion itself and no real promotional art to speak of. Makes me wonder if they're so far behind on getting this thing out the door that they just don't have anything prepared to show us. With each passing day an early 2014 release date is looking more and more likely.
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I bet 13 December +- 10days
Not even guessing on date, just a bit worried as character ready for transfer. I will lose all the bounder tokens :'( but oh well, can't be helped
As for those running the last expansions down and are doomsaying lotro over all - I personally love this game, and even though it might not be state of the art modern miracle gaming - to me Lotro has kept its charm over the years. I adore my warsteeds, and even if mounted combat isn't always working perfectly, I can live with its flaws and am still enjoying it. This game offers so much, to complete all the deeds alone is a huge goal, and I doubt many have accomplished it. To me Helm's Deep could still wait, as even after over 3 years I have so much unexplored and unfinished.. but I know no matter what that I will love Helm's Deep, as I have loved every expansion in its own right. This is the pixel version of Middle Earth, which allows Tolkien fans to dream, and as long as there will be Tolkien fans, this game will have a player base, in my view anyway, but whether all the figures will add up to WB's full satisfaction, that's obviously a different matter.. >.>
Hope the release will still be quite a while away, I want to be able to earn those tokens on new server, as I doubt they will transfer! *sobs* :P
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I'm with you 100%. This game gets me excited about the books (currently reading the Silmarillion), which I go back and read and become more excited about the game. The films fall in there somewhere, too.
I've played it on and off for 4 years and I'm not going anywhere as long as the servers are up.
i too would like to seen when it comes of the helms deep expansion could tell me please: P
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