LOTRO Riders of Rohan Expansion Pushed Back to October 15
Originally set for release on September 5, the new LOTRO expansion, Riders of Rohan, will instead go live a month later on October 15 to allow developer Turbine to make some last-minute fixes.
“We’ve had a very successful Beta program with some of the largest and most active beta player populations we’ve seen since Moria,” said LOTRO executive producer, Kate Paiz, in a producer letter, referring in part to a previous dwarf-centric expansion for the free online rpg.
“The amount and quality of feedback on our largest expansion ever has been fantastic. 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,” she added.
To compensate for the delay, the Middle-earth-based MMO is handing out freebies that will appease pre-purchasers of the expansion who are now understandably irked by the 40-day delay.
Ms. Paiz said Riders of Rohan expansion pre-purchasers will receive 500 Turbine Points, the cash shop currency for the free rpg, and a goodie bag of consumables filled with, among other items, temporary boosts to XP, renown, and mount speed.
The redemption code for both the free points and consumables will be redeemable “from around September 5th to any account that has pre-purchased by that date,” the LOTRO honcho also confirmed.