Perhaps the biggest (somewhat OSG related) news today is that Lord of the Rings Online has gone Free-to-play. Syp over at Bio Break has done a nice job of compiling the community’s reaction. I think the main concerns are “what does this mean for players who have already paid for a lifetime subscription to the game”, and “will this cheapen the gaming experience”? A lot of Free-to-Play games, including OSG’s, can fall into the trap of being overly aggressive in trying to sell to the player. No one likes hanging out at used car lots for the fun of it.
In other news, some former EA developers are working on Skulls of the Shogun, a turn-based strategy game for Xbox Live Arcade and PC. It’s always nice to see strategy games make it onto the consoles, as hopefully it will bring more players to the genre.
Finally, I found my Ikariam inbox rather humorous this evening and thought I’d share. It really just re-re-re-iterates that the developers need to do something to make the end-game more interesting. My latest thought is to just unleash a horde of barbarians that would attack anyone above a certain General’s score until their camp is destroyed, and maybe give 100,000 points to the alliance that finishes them off or something to that affect.