Recently, FFG's license to use World of Warcraft expired. Luckily, this was not a LCG type game so all the expansions for the games were released before the license expired.
My main concern with LOTR is that once the license expires (say 5-7 years from now), what is the likelihood that it will be renewed again? The main attraction of the LCG is the monthly packs which usually means 240 unique cards a year, at 20 unique cards per pack. This is excluding any "big" expansions which contain 55 unique cards per expansion.
So at 240 cards per year, that would mean a total of roughly 1,220 unique cards every 5 years. While that sounds like plenty, it can get repetitive after a while. Not to mention the idea of the game coming to an "end" after 5-7 years is not a good selling point.
Anyone have any idea how many years is the license good for, or what is the likelihood that it will get renewed. From reading the rules, I believe this LCG will be as big or perhaps a bigger seller than Warhammer Invasion.
I know Game of Thrones has nothing to worry about because George R.R. Martin is very supportive with the licensing renewals. He even wanted for the RPG of AGOT to continue after its initial publisher went out of business. But that may not be the case where LOTR is concerned, and I don't want to invest in a game with a limited lifespan. The game should remain alive as long as it makes a satisfactory profit for the publisher, not when the license expires and is not renewed.
Any thoughts or flame words about this? Would be nice to hear from FFG regarding this issue.