The precedent has been set.
If Blizzard’s gamble pays off I wonder if Turbine will at some point scourge the Shire. It’s been mentioned that the new Skirmish mode of play to be introduced with the Mirkwood expansion will provide events that represent the beginnings of the scourge, but will it be possible for Turbine to go back and overhaul the starter areas to reflect the story? Would it even work as a concept? Granted it will be many a long year before the story of Lord of the Rings Online reaches that point, but already the hints are there that they intend to reflect the original story as accurately as they can, and perhaps it’s the case that Blizzard has helped them with this.
Or stolen their thunder.