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    ETA of Stout Axe and Minas Morgul beta?

    With the fact that Minas Morgul will be an expansion in late 2019, it is obvious that the beta should be longer than normal regions before the release date to avoid unnecessary bugs. Players need plenty of time to address bugs and issues before pre ordering.
    Any hint about beta time?
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    Minas morgul will be in about april may 2020


    so beta will go on probably march 2020

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgahad View Post
    Minas morgul will be in about april may 2020


    so beta will go on probably march 2020
    what makes you think that?
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    Mordor had 7 (iirc) beta's. I feel Minas Morgul may be a little less, say 5-6. Either way if SSG wants to release this year beta should start in 2-4 weeks, or at the latest first week in October. Any later and we could be looking at a late November/Early December release and while that meets the 2019 release, it would mean theat we would have to wait till after the holiday for any major bug fixes.

    What I think we will see is:

    Beta 1: September 24th
    Beta 2: October 1st
    Beta 3: October 8th
    Beta 4: October 15th
    Beta 5: October 22nd
    Beta 6: October 29th

    Release: November 5th

    Major Bug Fix Patch 1: November 12th
    Major Bug Fix Patch 2: November 19th

    Thanksgiving Week: November 26th

    Minor Bug Fixes: December 3rd
    Minor Bug Fixes: December 10th
    Minor Bug Fixes: December 17th

    Holiday: Rest of Year



    This gives time to fix any major issues that arrives before SSG goes on Holiday. You could probably move this by a week here or there, but anything else and you risk having launch issues.

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    I hope the expansion is more than just Minas Morgul. Mordor and Rohan were huge in comparison to the area of MM.
    What other are would they be adding with MM? I guess Shelob would be session play and not a real instance, tho if it were that would be interesting to have her as the boss of a raid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spydre View Post
    I hope the expansion is more than just Minas Morgul. Mordor and Rohan were huge in comparison to the area of MM.
    What other are would they be adding with MM? I guess Shelob would be session play and not a real instance, tho if it were that would be interesting to have her as the boss of a raid.
    Would be amazing if they could include directx 12. *crosses fingers, legs and toes*

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    There is still no response or further hint about Minas Morgul. I am afraid that we cannot arrive that land in this year.
    Wose, Huorn, and Earth Kin are playable races; when will that day come true?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spydre View Post
    I hope the expansion is more than just Minas Morgul. Mordor and Rohan were huge in comparison to the area of MM.
    What other are would they be adding with MM? I guess Shelob would be session play and not a real instance, tho if it were that would be interesting to have her as the boss of a raid.
    Well, I hope it's Nurn and Minas Morgul - so it would be what Western Rohan was to Eastern Rohan. And we already got the other half of Mordor highlighted on the map rather than greyout so... Also, ***spoilers*** Karazgar already dropped the names of other Gúrzyul and I'm pretty sure they reside somewhere in Nurn while Rukor the Pale Herald hangs out with Gothmog in Minas Morgul, determined to stop Shelob maybe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgahad View Post
    Minas morgul will be in about april may 2020


    so beta will go on probably march 2020
    When they talking about direction of game developement in 2019, they say what Vales of Anduin appear on summer (and we get it), and Vales of Anduin Instance Cluster appear on the end of summer. Not sure if we can call Kidzul-Kalah as Instance Cluster, but looks like they don't make any other instances in Vales of Anduin. And they saying what Minas Morgul will be on christmas time in the end of 2019. I sure Minas Morgul will be not such big as first Mordor Expansion set, I hope it will have at least 2 locations. May be Minas Morgul itself, Vales of Minas Morgul around it, and location to the east on Minas Morgul, leading to Nurn. It can be Minas Morgul, Morgul Vale and Lithlad.

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    I"m expecting beta to open suddenly without warning via dev tracker showing beta release notes were posted. Beta to remain open in very tight narrow time frames with zero notice, like Thurs/Fri or weekends only. And just as suddenly to close each time. Lack of communication is very indicative of scrambling to meet deadlines, lack of hype is very indicative of having no presentable product yet to generate hype for, and keeping players in the dark only results in unnecessarily divisive forum atmosphere. Hence no ETA.

    Expected testing to begin in September, which would've still left too little time before December to go through 5 - 6 beta builds, gather feedback, and implement said feedback in reasonable manner. October more likely now, and boy will it be rushed.
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