The Road to Mordor: Breaking down Riders of Rohan’s pre-purchase
This previous week or so has been completely nuts with all the new info flooding in about this fall’s Riders of Rohan. We’ve gotten confirmation about the release date, the expansion web site, pricing data for the diverse expansion pack editions, a partial feature checklist, an official FAQ, word of a forthcoming instance cluster, and a 1st look at the mounted fight program.
Expansions constantly rile up the Lord of the Rings Online faithful, and I’m fairly jazzed to see no matter whether Turbine can pull off what’s probably the most epic addition to the game because Mines of Moria. I’m going to save evaluation of the expansion as a total until finally subsequent week simply because nowadays I want to dive into the somewhat confusing morass of pre-acquire possibilities and pricing to see what’s well worth pursuing — and what may well be really worth ignoring.
Most likely the 1st reaction that players had to the news of the pre-buy was a healthful dose of sticker shock. LotRO’s Riders of Rohan is undoubtedly on the pricey finish of the spectrum, especially if you are seeking at the legendary edition. Seventy dollars for an expansion? Holy cow. That is much more than the box expense for most retail MMOs.
For comparison purposes, I looked up the prices from Rise of Isengard’s 3 editions as properly as this summer’s Dungeons and Dragons On the internet expansion (which is also being published by Turbine):
- DDO: Menace of the Underdark: Base edition ($ 30), common edition ($ 50), collector’s edition ($ 80)
- LotRO: Rise of Isengard: Base edition ($ 30), common edition ($ 40), legendary edition ($ 50)
- LotRO: Riders of Rohan: Base edition ($ 40), heroic edition ($ 50), legendary edition ($ 70)
A handful of items to note here. Initial, out of the 3, Rohan has the highest standard edition price, a total $ 10 more than the other two expansions released by Turbine. Turbine’s justified this by saying that RoR has more content material than preceding expansions (see the interview beneath). Second, whilst the CE for DDO is the most high-priced, a search above its extras and bonuses definitely place this in the collector’s edition category, even though RoR’s “legendary edition” is definitely not as completely decked out.
Third — and a enormous sticking point with some players — is that Rise of Isengard’s common and legendary edition came with 1000 Turbine Factors (~$ 10) which helped to offset the increased price point. Now we have an expansion that’s $ ten to $ twenty a lot more high-priced than last year’s (dependent on the edition) even though offering no bonus TP? It is not an straightforward deal to swallow, to put it lightly.
My opinion is that this is just a continuation of a quite aggressive pricing policy that Turbine’s been pursuing for some time now. Rise of Isengard was, according to the studio, its “very best-marketing expansion ever,” and dollar signs have to be very first and foremost when it comes to this expansion. The query is regardless of whether players will choke down the price enhance, particularly for an expansion that is nevertheless to be entirely explained or shown.
Choice two: Pay out with Turbine Points
Of program, patient players who are prepared to forgo the pre-purchase bonuses may possibly snag the expansion through an in-game buy utilizing TP on September 5th. This will price you 4295 TP for the quests and deeds (no word nevertheless regardless of whether this will include the cases as properly). If you can get a excellent deal on TP that will allow you to pick up the expansion for less than $ 40 paid, it may be really worth pursuing.
Hold in mind that getting Riders of Rohan this way will not incorporate all of the extras, this kind of as an inventory bag, XP token, or Rohirrim skirmish soldier. All of those will be sold separately.
There are two categories to think about with these editions: the bonuses that Turbine’s handing out to these who pre-acquire the game before September 5th, and what will now and forevermore be included in the editions. Let’s tackle the pre-purchase bonuses 1st.
All three editions consist of a cosmetic variant that turns your skirmish soldier into a male or female Rohirrim. Nifty to be certain, but it’s almost certainly far more crucial to people who do skirmish far more frequently. The initial two editions contain a degree twenty statted cloak that could probably be just considered a cosmetic item, whilst the legendary edition contains a degree 75 statted cloak (with nice stats for your class). Finally, the heroic and legendary editions have a +25% monster kill XP token, much in the exact same vein as the a single seen with the RoI pre-obtain, except that this 1 performs to level 75.
To be honest, none of these pre-purchase bonuses screams or even whispers “need to-have.” Leveling XP is not difficult to come by in LotRO, the cloaks are great, but there are loads more of them in the game, and who spends gobs of time looking at a skirmish soldier anyway? Mine’s an archer, so she’s always behind me. As this kind of, I don’t see a compelling purpose to pre-purchase unless of course you can not stand not possessing all of these bonuses correct here and now.
The base edition is just that: basic. You happen to be finding the full expansion for $ 40 but tiny else previous that: just a title (whee?) and a mid-tier mount. Nonetheless, this might be the edition that I’d suggest, but I’ll save that for my final thoughts.
The heroic edition is an odd duck because it is naturally intended to appeal to cost-free-to-play folks above VIPs. I say this because it is the only edition to incorporate the Evendim, Moria, and Lothlorien quest packs as part of its package deal. The edition also comes with a Rohirrim hauberk that’s great, but there are so a lot of great Rohan-themed armor pieces in the game at this point that it’s nothing unique. This edition really should be regarded as only by F2P players who do not have people three quest zones but do want them and feel that $ 10 is a great deal to get them.
The legendary edition has a lot of people up in arms since this is clearly the edition Turbine desires you to acquire (if you could not tell by its Large GRAPHIC and Great HORSE SYMBOLS), and it has several functions that gamers wish would’ve been in all three. Situation in point: The sixth inventory bag comes with only this edition all other gamers will have to spend 995 TP to unlock it account-wide. The edition also comes with a total set of cosmetic armor and a 1-time-only Crystal of Remembrance that adds a legacy to 1 LI.
Aside from the inventory bag, the vague mention of “exclusive Rohan content material” is worrying. What I’ve deduced from the description and some reports elsewhere is that this unlocks at least a single “horse play” session that ends up providing you an unique war-steed skill that you cannot get elsewhere. I assume speculation that this material goes beyond that is unfounded, and my general experience with this sort of bonus function is that it ends up currently being way much less thrilling than players think about it to be. Turbine actually should’ve been extremely, very clear on what this “unique material” integrated, because for some, it really is the difference among buying this edition and one more.
Like many of you, I had many concerns about the pricing structure and bonus characteristics of the expansion, and so I relayed them to Turbine through one particular of our on-the-scene reporters at E3. I am going to re-publish these right here just in situation you missed them:
Massively: So why is there a substantial cost increase more than last years Rise of Isengard?
Turbine: This expansion pack is a lot more substantial in terms of volume and scope than Isengard. We really feel like it is proper for the level at which we’re bringing it to. There is a substantial free of charge portion as often.
Do the heroic edition quest packs come with the legendary edition?
No, the heroic and legendary are definitely various gives.
Why wasn’t the sixth inventory bag included with the base and heroic editions?
We just wanted to incorporate it in the legendary edition.
Why not include bonus Turbine Factors with these editions?
We really feel that with the Turbine Points, well, we have been exploring with a new mechanism with these expansion packs, and this is our 2nd expansion immediately after going cost-free-to-play. We’ll carry on to attempt new delivers and new possibilities, but this is just the way we wanted to do factors.
Is the Crystal of Remembrance reusable or is it a 1-shot item that only applies to a single LI (Legendary Item)?
Yes, it is a a single-shot item.
I am thrilled about Riders of Rohan as a whole but underwhelmed by the bonuses and characteristics in these various editions. It really is a quite pricy expansion, even in its cheapest edition, and I assume that Turbine’s nevertheless to actually promote us on the bump of good quality and content in Rohan to justify this enhance. We truly want to see mounted fight in action and get sound specifics on what is in the expansion.
This is what frustrates me about Turbine: The studio is completely Okay delivering broad strokes of information, such as the bullet points of the expansion, whilst asking us to drop $ 70 on this vague picture. I really cannot think that players had to wheedle confirmation of an instance cluster (which won’t be in the expansion at launch) on the forums in addition to Sapience’s mention of an extra gameplay system or characteristic that Turbine’s not ready to talk about. This is stuff we must know in advance just before becoming asked to spend for it.
Pre-ordering is one thing, but the MMO sector is marching down a non-consumer friendly path of asking us to entirely pay out for expansions and video games months in advance of seeing them or getting the total particulars on them (and LotRO is not the only game guilty of this).
I also agree with players who think that all of the editions should’ve come with the sixth inventory bag (one thing Turbine talked up large in the prior update) and that the more pricey editions should’ve come with TP to offset the price.
This is why my last recommendation is that players exercising patience and not leap to quickly get this game. The bonuses and further characteristics are definitely not sturdy enough to justify it, and if you can get a good deal on TP or save it up from VIP allowances, then the simple quest pack will most likely suit all your wants and then some.
When not enjoying second breakfast and a pint of ale, Justin “Syp” Olivetti jaws about hobbits in his Lord of the Rings On-line column, The Road to Mordor. You can speak to him via e mail at [email protected] or by way of his gaming blog,