Turbine today revealed that its massively multplayer online role-playing game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings has entered the alpha stage of development. Turbine said that 125,000 people have signed up to participate in The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar's beta testing since registration opened in May. The company--which also developed February's Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach--added that it will invite "tens of thousands" more to participate in the months to come. Although traversing the world of Middle-earth may be one step closer to a reality, Turbine has yet to announce a release date for the game. For more on The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, check out GameSpot's impressions from the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo.
LOTR Online alpha-betized
Progress on the MMORPG proceeds to the alpha phase; developer Turbine encourages people to join the future beta test.
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I've been signed up since the beta sign up was available, and it said that they would contact me. But noooo, they haven't contacted me yet... Oh well, I just really hope that it's free to play like guildwars. Otherwise I'm not paying $15 a month to play it.
Well, this game has seen so many phases of development over the years (and changes as well.). So yeah, I share some people's apprehensions. We were really hopeful some 2 or 3 years ago before the change in company. But as for this game... it does have the behemoth WoW to compete with. Although, by the design of the game, it may draw a different crowd (a little less of the pure gamer, a little more of the adventurer or roleplayer). But who knows. We'll see when it comes out.
The difference, therealFrek, is that it's a World of Warcraft world now. Why do you think Turbine has delayed this game so much? I think they know that if they're going to get people to play they have to make it at least as engaging and with as much content as World of Warcraft.... especially with an expansion coming out shortly. Also, I'm sure they're banking on the fact that it's Lord of the Rings. For years people have been delving into this fantasy world, wishing they could be involved in it and change it. Now they have that opportunity. I for one hope it's a great success and hope that i get the chance to participate in the beta.
"Turbine said that 125,000 people have signed up to participate in The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar's beta testing" Too bad history shows that this is always the biggest numbers Turbine can get (i.e. beta testers). Once LOTRO actually launches you can bet the farm that it will be like every other game Turbine releases. How many beta tester sign-ups did AC have compared to subs? How many beta tester sign-ups did AC2 have compared to subs? How many beta tester sign-ups did DDO have compared to subs? Answer those questions and you'll see my point.
WOW!! 125,000 people have signed up. DAMN!! that is a lot. Maybe since I live in Mass I will get to play it hehe :)
Heck, if I could, I'd take part in the beta, just to see how it is, but unfortunately, my PC can't play it. "1st!! Sweet! YEah!" Glad to see we've been to the shallow end of a wading pool recently.