Community Manager Sapience made a few casual remarks today, on a fairly minor thread over on the Official LOTRO Forums ,that appears to lay to rest the issue of Turbine’s license renewal with Middle-earth Enterprises.
“I just wanted to drop in and address the concerns surrounding the license, again. We have said as far back as July of 2013, we plan to support LOTRO for many years to come. I really want to be as clear as possible on this subject to avoid any further confusion or misunderstanding. The license was renewed.
I think it’s rather clear and direct. I can’t think of a more direct way to say the license was renewed than to say the license was renewed.
We have an agreement that runs through 2017.”
Now I would have thought that a statement such as this would have been announced in a more public and formal manner. It is an important issues after all. Ultimately without a license renewal, LOTRO would have been shut down at the end of the year. I also find the way Mr. Heaton chooses to express himself some what curious. I’m sure I am not alone in detecting a hint of irritation behind his word, like a parent having to remind a child of something they’ve stated a thousand time before. However, at first glance this looks like positive news.
However it may also be prudent to examine the exact words used. The devil is often in the detail or in this case semantics. If Turbine have a three year extension on the LOTRO license and intend to operate the game during that time, then why not say so in clear and unequivocal terms? We live in an age of spin and doublespeak. The public by and large prefers plain language. Therefore I advice a degree of scepticism. “We have an agreement that runs through 2017″ may well prove to be an honest statement. Then again it may not.