Hold Your Horses: LOTRO’s Rohan Expansion Delayed

The short-tempered horse who hates delays more than anything, naturally, is not pleased.

Horses! They go fast. Except when they don’t – for instance, while asleep or carrying a very, very large person. And then, of course, there’s the most common horse sloth cause of them all: beta tests of MMORPGs based on the most culturally pervasive mythology ever to be written by a man with an irrational hatred of cars. The latter has claimed yet another victim today, as Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan has officially been delayed into October.

Executive producer Kate Paiz explained the hoof-stubbing stumble in a post on LOTRO’s official site.

“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. As a result, we’ve elected to delay our launch to October 15thWe understand that many players have been looking forward to joining us in Rohan as soon as possible and will be disappointed by this news. As a token of our appreciation for your patience we are granting a gift to all pre-purchasers of Riders of Rohan.”

And while we’re not exactly looking at the One Goodie Bag To Rule Them All here (it’s simply a garden variety assortment of boosts and scrolls), it’s a nice gesture nonetheless. In the meantime, Turbine’s been impressively upfront about its development process, so there’s a heaping stack of literature devoted to each class if you’re feeling so inclined.

I’ve also sent along an email to Turbine asking for more detail about what needs tweaking – if only because grafting an entirely new combat system onto a five-year-old game could cause hiccups of many exciting and new flavors. Those of you in the beta, have you hit any particularly egregious stumbling blocks?


  1. GGno says:


  2. DanPryce says:

    I was hoping for this to arrive soon. Oh well, you whinny some and you lose some.

  3. LegendaryTeeth says:

    Admit it, you only posted this story for the title.

  4. ReV_VAdAUL says:

    I have heard it argued, quite convincingly, they delayed to be not quite so sandwiched between major MMO releases. Which is sensible enough.

    • bodydomelight says:

      Even if this is a factor, it’s a big win for the players since Beta has indeed identified a raft of nasty bugs that wouldn’t have been sorted by September. So sensible decision indeed, and makes winners of both Turbine and the playerbase. LOTRO badly needs a critically acclaimed and popular expansion, the reception for expansions since Mines Of Moria has been tepid at best.

      So a big hurrah all round!

    • King in Winter says:

      While it could be argued that influences outside LotRO may have influenced the decision, the fact is that there were several severe issues with the beta, and considering the rate at which bugs had been fixed over three beta phases, and the imminent approach of release date, there appeared to be a general consensus amongst beta testers (those who chatted on the beta server forum at least) that Turbine did not have the time to fix everything in time. It seems that Turbine themselves came to the same conclusion. (The NDA has been lifted as of two days ago so beta testers are free to talk now.)

      @ bodydomelight: Isengard had an embarrassing list of nasty bugs at launch (Pit of Iron, anyone? Draigoch raid?) and Turbine would do well to avoid such a PR disaster.

    • AgamemnonV2 says:

      I doubt this. Turbine’s marketing team has never had the sense to hold off on releasing their expansions within a two-week period of a major MMO expansion (they released their first expansion pack four days after Wrath of the Lich King) and/or the release of a hyped MMO. If anything they finally listened to their testers saying that the product was not golden. Considering they’ve been trying to “friendly-up” the community side of communication with this most recent expansion, I think they’re making good on the idea that they start building brownie points with a community they’ve long treated as the red-headed stepchild with a lighting bolt scar that lives under the cupboard.

  5. rustybroomhandle says:

    In the mean time, just play CLOP.

  6. MythArcana says:

    One doesn’t simply walk into Mordor wanting to buy an expansion.

  7. Zombie Jesus says:

    That lady in the screenshot looks underwhelmed.

  8. kaligula says:

    Well, I guess I have to cite the former president of France Jacques Chirac on this one, who said:
    ” A toast to the horses and women of France and those who mount them”

  9. cptgone says:

    “hatred of cars” doesn’t need to be “irrational”.

    the damage done by cars is huge.
    – every year, thousands of Belgians die of car exhaust fumes.
    – car accidents have killed more people than the world wars.
    – automobilism reduces the quality of our lives. kids can’t play outside, noise and stench everywhere…
    – cars kill millions of insects. that makes ’em one of the biggest threats to bird population. not to mention all the other animals that get slaughtered every day.
    – cars have a detrimental effect on social fabric.
    – casual use of cars wastes one of the most precious raw materials we have: oil. oil that is needed for fertilisers, plastics, fabrics… if we’d run out of oil today, we’d starve tomorrow.

    the only reason car driving isn’t prohibited is that everyone does it. or rather, everyone that matters in our society. the poor, elderly, and kids have to make do with lousy and overpriced public transport.

    Hitler’s most deadly weapon is still taking lives. it’s called Volkswagen (VW).

    • LowKey says:


    • Mrs Columbo says:

      I have now daubed red paint on my seven year-old Ford Ka.

    • Pippy says:

      I was wondering how a hatred of cars could be deemed irrational, but you have made it clear to me.Although the VW did kill Lindsay Lohan’s career (Just kidding I realise it was already a car crash by that point).