After a delay of almost two months European Lotro-players will finally get the new patch and the transition to free to play on Tuesday 2nd November.
If I was to judge the mood of the european player base it is one of feverish anticipation. I know that European players were initially disappointed at the delay and angry at the lack of explanation from Codemasters. During the first few weeks of the delay there was almost no communication from Codemasters except for a very occasional embarrassed post from a community manger telling us nothing. Eventually we got a post from the David Solari MD of Codemasters apologising for the delay and explaining it was down to contractual issues. This was an important and necessary conciliatory measure. After that post much of the anger dissipated and the anticipation began to build again. The preview server that was put up last week was mobbed and had login queues of three to four hours.
We have waited, how we have waited. We want this patch so badly. We want the shiny new content. We want the influx of new players. We even want the opportunity to spend our money on frivolous fluff in the item shop.
"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"