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Turbine to take control of EU servers
Lord of the Rings OnlineFirst of all, Turbine's main announcement on http://www.lotro.com.

I've nothing much to say about this on the face of it. I really don't think it makes a ton of difference to be perfectly honest. Turbine devs make the content in any case so we get the same game either way. Let's just hope they can not cock up the localisation for our French and German speaking neighbours. What I can say is that if this allows us access to the US servers with our VIP subscriptions, it will benefit Trish who is playing F2P on US servers.

The real questions, however, will be about our accounts and so forth. These are answered in the Turbine Global Service FAQ.

Important things for many of us:

Lifetime accounts will stay lifetime accounts.
VIP subs will be honoured until expiry, but after 1st June, you will need to start paying Turbine monthly subs.
LotRO Point balances will be transferred over.

Read the full FAQ linked above for other questions.

On the plus side, I guess this will mean (for us) that people like Fox, or Tam won't have to mess about with connecting via my firewall with wierd proxy servers, or at least I would assume this to be the case. Conversely however, I suppose it's possible we might get an influx of the standard Far Eastern gold seller market.

Overall I greet this news with a resounding 'meh' if I'm completely honest. I know that Turbine have various reputations, but they are now Warner Bros anyway. The latest set of content which we are all really enjoying came out of Turbine, so I have great hopes that we really have nothing to worry about. I think like a lot of us, though, I fear change, so we shall see what happens after 1st June.
#11 | Ardhuial on 28 April 2011 17:28
I was just pointing out that there is no multi month sub option available which fuels the conspiracy theories even more.

I doubt anyone is happy with the switch over or wanted Codies not to take care of us any more or to loose out on jobs, but these types of posts are everywhere on the forums with theories coming out of everywhere.

Truth is we don't know who did what at what time so lets just leave this argument well alone for the time being and leave the tinfoil hats well away from reach.
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