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Thu, May 01, 2008 | 21:30 BST
According to this Private Equity Hub report, LotRO developer Turbine’s raised a further $40 million in VC funding for as yet unknown purposes.
The company has now raised a total of $90 million in VC, apparently, the most recent round being a $30 million injection in February 2005.
That piece speculates that Turbine is about to announce “some major strategic change”, although it doesn’t quantify it, guessing at a move into console or mobile markets. We reckon a mobile LotRO spin-off would be well worth $40 million. Do you?
Mon, Mar 17, 2008 | 09:55 GMT
As well as announcing expansion Mines of Moria for Lord of the Ring Online at Connect this morning, Turbine’s confirmed annual updates in a similar fashion to WoW.
“Our focus is to be consistent with what players have already seen us do with the game – continually update content with a lot of new, rich, deep and meaningful content on a regular basis – and that’s something we are going to continue to do,” said Steefel, the game’s executive producer.
“We’re going to have an expansion to the product on an annual basis. So we are going to be keeping up the pace of this game, this game will be evolving, growing and expanding constantly.”
There were still no user figures for the game, but Steefel assured that the game had been very successful in Europe and the US, with Asian launches promised this year.
Wed, Feb 20, 2008 | 07:53 GMT
Speaking at GDC yesterday, Turbine head Jeff Steefel has warned that open world MMOs are baffling to the masses and that the rigid structure of games themselves is needed to help them make sense.
“Coming into a completely open environment for a lot of people is completely overwhelming, especially when you reach out into a broader audience,” said the Lord of the Rings Online developer. “The biggest intersection between games and virtual worlds is that games provide structure by their very nature.”
He added: “Our jobs going forward, and the art of what we are doing, is in the balance between freedom and structure.”
Steefel will be appearing at Codemasters’ Connect 2008 event in the UK next month.