WOW certainly has nothing to fear with regards to Lord of the Rings Online taking any of its market share. Personally, I think Turbine game producers started smoking crack and doing acid trips many months ago. Do they never learn? I get that they want to preserve the lore of LOTR. But we've already seen that if you want to grab gamers, in addition to those that love the license that you are turning into a game, you have to make some compromises. And you will make them when the numbers don't pan-out. Sony and its constant re-invention of Star Wars Galaxy is a prime example. Isn't it better to do that from the onset so you don't have to disrupt players with sweeping redesigns? Or worse yet, having to just tack things on as an after thought like solo play in DDO? Come on, do some homework. You mean to tell me they didn't realize that many players in MMOs sometimes want/need to solo? Duh!
Anyway, all I can do is laugh about the idea of how they've decided to implement a player's ability to be an evil character and PVP. Introducing PvMP - Player versus Monster-Player, where you can temporarily play a monster in the game and earn Monster Points. Earn Monster Points. My mind immediately flashed to an image of Barney - you know that purple dinosaur. ROTFLLMAO.
PvMP will only be allowed in certain areas, and of course, it's consensual. The fact that it's both, is so Care Bear, I don't know why they are bothering. If they really feel that PVP will be that offensive to their players, then have the balls to make it unavailable. Have the nuts to take a stand and say, "no PVP," and let the chips fall where they may.
I can't even take these people seriously anymore - AT ALL. As long as they're not expecting anyone other than die hard LOTR fans to play this game, I suppose all will be well. Perhaps they're going for a niche crowd that is small but pays the bills. World of Warcraft has nothing to fear with the release of this game. I LOVE Lord of the Rings. I've read the series 2x, have them on audio and have listened to them 3x each, and watched the movies at least 10x each. I'm no WOW fanboi although I'm still hanging in there. I AM a LOTR fanboi. However, I won't be playing this lame version of a MMORPG.