Tobold made a post about Moria, that went something like this...
"I don't have the time to play this, I don't have the level to play this, and I don't know anyone who plays this. I haven't even read anything about Mines of Moria on any of the MMORPG blogs I follow"
Note the bolded section.
Why is this?
Recently as "some" know, Turbine released Mines of Moria to ...well, I am not sure.
Seems someone posted in the comments..
"Turbine can release Moria so close to WotLK because they are confident that there sizeable current player base simply won't be playing WotLK. We are seeing jam packed servers at the moment, as busy as I've ever seen them."
LOTRO players always good to get a WoW dig in...
I decided to post a comment...
"LOTRO is what they call a "wanna be' in the biz!
Moria is only good for those who play LOTRO already."
I feel the last point is valid. Moria was made for the current player base. Moria has nothing to offer to bring a new player in. All high level content. Two new classes, but it has been argued that one of the classes is a travesty to the Tolkien lore even. But, it is an MMO, and not having a proper "Magic using" class was unheard of.
The commenter I was discussing this with feels I have lost touch with reality though...
"The fact of the matter is, you are simply not in touch with reality when it comes to LotRO. It's a solid, very playable, fully featured MMO, and it has been a huge success for Turbine"
Yes, I agree actually. The game is solid, playable and stable. I do argue with the fully featured (the class selections for example are definitely questionable), the models are ugly, the animations are 30fps in the 60fps world (even the latest videos show the jerky movement, kinda like G.I.Joe's in 3d).
I guess I need to ask. Is LOTRO really relevant in our MMO stable? It definitely has done better than Vanguard, Tabula Rasa, Hellgate and quite a few more (Age of Conan has had better sales, yet retention has been crap).
So, why is it not stomping WAR or even getting close to WoW numbers (and for that matter, what about Guild Wars, whose play times on XFire and overall sales has been crushing).
I looked at Xfire for LOTRO which really shows the player base stomping down on this game big time. It placed 16th overall.
But, when we compare this to WAR which is placing above (15th actually) we see something amazing...
The overall number of players is considerably lower for LOTRO than WAR. So, we are mainly seeing Expansion envy by the current player base if anything.
You would think with such an IP, that it could garner a larger audience.
There is no doubt that Turbine has to be happy with it's current base.
But, why not go for the bigger pie?
When you go in search of loyalty to the game, by way in regards to blogs, news stories, etc...it just seems to be a small part of the overall genre universe.
As I originally stated...is LOTRO an MMO wannabe?