In Defence of The Mordor Bundles
Before anything else, I want to apologize for this week's absence of posts. Things have been a little hectic for me in real life, but all is good. Regular posts should resume this week. So let's jump into the 100-pound elephant into the room- The Mordor Expansion Packs and Prices.
To start of, it would be an understatement to say that the release of the expansion prices, release date, and contents of the 3 available packs, has created a rift between the community. On one side you have the individuals who believe the prices are too steep for what you are getting and on the other side you have the individuals who are willing to pay anything for new content and are looking to support SSG; we in the gaming community typically call these individuals, insultingly so, "Whales".
My blog was meant to focus on the story-telling found within the Lord of the Rings Online but I feel compelled to weigh in on this particular conversation by providing my view on the matter in hopes of bringing some clarity and understanding to both sides. So here goes!
1) The Ultimate Fan Bundle is too expensive
This is the number one complaint from what I can tell. People generally agree that $40 for the base game is fine, but some argue that the $80 Collectors Edition is a little egregious for what it is and the $130 is insane markup for what is provided.
Let's go ahead and break down what SSG calls "The Legendary Fan" bundle contains:
Post-Notes: Comments have been made that I forgot the Aria of the Valar. I Did not, they are in all the bundles and for the sake of comparison, it is built into the $40 base expansion.
- Mordor Expansion - $40 value
- High Elf Race - (Assuming Price would be same as Beorning on launch- 1,000 LP)
- Bonus Character Slot - 595 LP
- Exclusive Alliance Mount - (This mount is account-wide, and likely comes with Warsteed cosmetics, as such lets use the Steed of Bree mount price of 2495 LP)
- Exclusive Mordor Mount - (This mount is account-wide, and likely comes with Warsteed cosmetics, as such lets use the Steed of Bree mount price of 2495 LP)
- Exclusive Alliance Cosmetic - (Again, account-wide, let's use the basic price of a account-wide cosmetic bundle of 995 LP)
- Exclusive Mordor Cosmetic - (Again, account-wide, let's use the basic price of a account-wide cosmetic bundle of 995 LP)
- Ten Extra Shared Storage Slots - 595 LP
- Month of VIP Access - $14.99
- 2 Essence Reclamation Scrolls - (Bound to character, 295 each x 2 = 590LP)
- 3 Relics - Assume these are Tier 10 or Tier 9, store price for 1 is 550LP x 3 = 1650
- Wearable EXP Accelerator - Let's use the Shield of the Hammerhand as our default price at 995 LP
- 2 Titles (Default price of title at 95LP x 2 = 190)
- Housing Teleport - We don't know what this is, but let's give it a price of a regular return skill at 295 LP