Video game developer Turbine has announced that the Riders of Rohan expansion for The Lord of the Rings Online MMO has been delayed to October, as a result of the feedback that the team working on game has received from the players that were part of the beta process.
Kate Paiz, a producer at Turbine working on The Lord of the Rings Online
, says in an official statement that, “We’ve had a very successful Beta program with some of the largest and most active beta player populations we’ve seen since Moria. The amount and quality of feedback on our largest expansion ever has been fantastic.”
The statement goes on to add, “Thanks to some great efforts from beta players, we’ve identified issues that we think need to be addressed before we can launch. In order to address those issues and meet our expectations for quality we’re going to need more time.”
Those players who have already purchased the Riders of Rohan expansion will get a number of consumables and 500 Turbine Points that will be accessible on September 5 and can be used in the current incarnation of The Lord of the Rings Online.
During the period between now and the launch of the new expansion, gamers will also be able to take part in a number of MMO
events, including birthdays for Frodo and Bilbo.
Riders of Rohan will introduce mounted warfare to Lord of the Rings Online for the first time. It will also expand the game world and add more options when it comes to skills and items.
The MMO is free-to-play and is one of the first of its genre to make the switch, seeing an increase in both revenue and player numbers since.
The Riders of Rohan expansion for the Turbine made MMO will be out on October 15.