There's something on the mortal online site before you enter: http://www.mortalonline.com/
People have been speculating on what it could mean (http://www.mortalonline.com/forums/53685-new-enter-site-screen.html
), most coming to the conclusion that it's a countdown to the epic patch. Each candle is different and represents something else, and every time one is lit means it's another day closer to the big unveiling.
This theory is more supported by yesterdays recent chat from Henrik (excuse his spelling, he's Swedish) http://www.mortalarena.com/irclog.php.
Looks to be exciting, considering all of the updates to come from it.
I'm not "falling" for any hype either, they've stayed true to their word and are very vocal to the community.
I know Keen is against "bad" games releasing too early, but they had no choice. Most are very glad to have bought the game and to support it with their subscription. They know this is one of the only games around, and so do I. Trust me when I say this, it's almost nothing like Darkfall.
Soon enough they will finally be able to market and start advertising, increasing the populating. (Because of that, he said they might also have to release the new continent they've been working on somewhat early.)
We all know the game has its serious problems, but with time things will get better. None of us feel at all distanced from the developers, for that we know they're working hard.