I admire turbine, they took perhaps the most well known IPs in fantasy and managed to make them small niche mmo
Isn’t that just a sarcastic stab at the heart of the truth? And there is a whole trail of tweets on the topic if you click on the link.
When you think about it, Dungeons & Dragons and Lord of the Rings are huge IPs and ought to be cash cows if you made a decent game.
I cannot speak for Dungeons & Dragons Online, which has never clicked with me, but I really like and have enjoyed Lord of the Rings Online throughout the years. Getting a lifetime subscription back at launch was one of my best gaming purchases. It probably even offsets the tragic mistake of buying that Star Trek Online lifetime subscription.
And the landscape of Middle-earth looks so good in LOTRO and there are so many excellent features… I can go on and on about the music feature alone.
But I have to admit that things are not perfect. The interface is still not as responsive as it ought to be nearly seven years down the road, the icons are still poor representatives of the actions they trigger, and every time I see the message, “Item use succeeded” I want to do a facepalm. Good debug message for a programmer, not something that should be displayed in the game. And then there is the cash shop.
And with further expansions off the table for now and layoffs and uncertainty as to what will happen between now and 2017, you really cannot help but think that things could have gone better.
I was a lot more hopeful a year back.