So seems we here at KTR barely got the prophetic drop (thanks to the precognitive post by Mordor or Bust). Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) is indeed going F2P, and with many players having a lifetime subscription this presents an interesting conundrum. For I have been pretty much a F2P player for some time because after about 13-20 months the lifetime subscription pays off. So now everybody gets a F2P status. Oh noes, how unfairs!!!
Seriously, just like Dungeons and Dragons Online (DDO) there will be a VIP status available to people that subscribe. I do not subscribe to DDO preferring instead to buy everything through points. Now, in LOTRO I basically am a permanent subscriber so in F2P LOTRO I get permanent VIP status. Seems to me as if nothing has flocking changed. Oh wait, some things did change…
I now get 500 points per month for the life of the game to use as I wish. Since I know like clockwork I will get 500 points, I am much more likely to spend those points on some very fun things like new cosmetic items or hopefully something akin to auto-leveling my alts. Or, I can buy some stuff and just throw it on the Auction House. This sounds like a benefit to all lifers. We get points for doing nothing.
The other thing is that now more people will be able to play the game without paying a monthly fee. Eru forbid some virtual special status gets reduced like the exclusivity of my lifetime subscription. Regardless, more people playing is really only a good thing, and they do not have VIP status. I don’t understand exactly what the difference will be. I can guess with how DDO works, where there is a significant difference between those with VIP status and those without.
What I don’t like, and I am sure DDO players felt this right before the change as well, is how much of Turbine’s time and energy is going in to this without any more content for current players. We won’t be seeing Book 2 of Volume 3 until Fall as they beta the F2P service. Yet, with the boost that DDO got and the amount of content the DDO side of Turbine is now producing, I am hopeful with the aftermath.
the space of seven breaths