LOTRO F2P Beta Finally Coming To Europe
I consider myself a pretty smart guy. I’ve got a top University degree, I spend all day working with things called variables and trying to come up with hilarious innuendo function names (seriously, any computer system that has a “back end” and “members” functionality is just asking for it), and I occasionally write using the word “one” instead of “you” just like the Queen does. I’m also rather modest but that’s besides the point. But honest to God I have no idea how the European distribution of MMOs works sometimes.
Yesterday I received an email from Codemasters inviting me to take part in the LOTRO European Preview Event. Although it didn’t explicitly state it was for the F2P version of the game, Codemasters were offering 500 Points (not Turbine Points note, just ‘Points’) to sign up so I figured what the hey and filled out the form. Fortunately for me and my identity theft case officer it was indeed the European F2P beta I’d just hooked myself up for. No exact date or ETA yet but at least it’s coming our way.
Like I said, I’m a reasonably intelligent guy but still I cannot fathom why the whole thing is taking so long. No doubt it involves plenty of management squabbles, company politics, backroom handshakes and network engineers mumbling buzzwords such as bandwidth, downtime, gigawatts and flux capacitors and I’m sure there’s a hundred legitimate reasons why these delays have been necessary but still, c’mon guys, just like hurry up or whatever. Remember the ol’ phrase “where there’s a will, there’s a way”? Well I do – now go find that will.
I could go on a big rant about how splitting MMOs across different distributors in America and Europe doesn’t work and ends up only punishing the customer (*cough* GOA *cough*) but I won’t because, frankly, I’m just jolly happy that progress is happening and F2P is finally on it’s way to LotRO Europe sometime soon. Better late than never and all that.
So if you’re European, or just feel like playing with some Eurotrash, you can sign up for the LOTRO F2P Preview Event here. I may not be the biggest Tolkien fan in the universe (Hobbits freak me out) but I’m looking forward to bounding around Middle Earth subscription free so you’ll definitely find me there, stroking my hopefully-enormous-virtual-moustache and making delightful quips about those silly Elven girly-men.
Now who wants to bet that the official release date will be December 7th?