A “very successful” testing program has led to new issues being discovered.
The new content was expected to launch at the beginning of next month, but instead the studio decided to hold back the release until Monday, 15th October.
“We’ve had a very successful Beta program with some of the largest and most active beta player populations we’ve seen since Moria. The amount and quality of feedback on our largest expansion ever has been fantastic,” explained Kate Paiz, executive producer of The Lord of the Rings Online, in a letter to the community.
“Thanks to some great efforts from beta players, we’ve identified issues that we think need to be addressed before we can launch. In order to address those issues and meet our expectations for quality we’re going to need more time. As a result, we’ve elected to delay our launch to October 15th.”
If you’re one of the thousands of gamers who have pre-ordered Riders of Rohan, you’ll receive 500 Turbine Points and a bag of consumables consisting of the following items to apologise for the delay:
- 100% XP Boost (1hr)
- Slayer Deed Accelerators x1 (60 min)
- +20% Renown (3 hours)
- +20% Mount Speed (1 hour)
- Tome of Defence
- Scroll of Finesse
If that wasn’t enough there’s also a new slate of in-game events to take part in between now and the revised release date.
Delays are an inevitable nuisance of games development, but it’s good to see Turbine giving fans new events to take part in to fill the gap between now and the revised release date.
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