Turbine to announce LotRO server closures on August 3

Turbine has published a blog post detailing Lord of the Rings Online’s upcoming server transfers, server consolidation, and data center move. The company hasn’t announced which servers will be affected yet; that information will be released on August 3rd. If you happen to be on one of the shards scheduled to close, you’ll get a title, a housing banner, and a cloak as remembrance gifts.

The whole process will basically take the rest of 2015, as it is “a monumental effort and we want to do it as correctly and painlessly as possible,” Turbine says. Impacted servers will officially be unavailable as of January 2016. Click through the link below to read the fine print as well as details about the new transfer features coming to the game launcher.

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Amphax
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I liked the way you voiced your concern — sincere, yet professional.
I think the clickbait version of the title would have been more along the lines of “Find out what Turbine doesn’t want you to know about THESR ten Lotro servers”, and with a random little picture of a news anchorwoman :-)

Aglethe
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Anarwen ColdinT
Yeah, I used to play on Windfola, we were always duking it out with you guys over the lowest pop crown back in the good ol’ days. ;) 
Well, I guess at least we don’t have to deal with any uncertainty. Winny and FF are both bound for the digital glue factory in the sky now. :/

Geering
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melissamcdon “New Launcher Service
We are changing our transfer service to occur in the game launcher itself. In the world selection window, you will see the “Transfer” button. Click on that and you will see all the worlds and the characters you have on each. You can choose to move just one character, all characters, shared items or no shared items to a target world of your choosing.”

There you have it. You get to choose where your characters will end up.

I must say, reading through the article, it all seems very well thought out. They have taken every possibility into account & prepared for any eventuality.

Of course, it will all go wrong anyway because that’s what happens.

q945
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tobascodagama ashfyn Sarigar Hopefully something better than watching Sapience tool around on a low-level hunter for a couple of hours.

SomniumWintersun
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SomniumWintersun

Chuki792  I meant closure period, which i am glad is not the case!

I wouldn’t hold my breath on a character model upgrade announcement soon, if ever :P

melissamcdon
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I started a new player on Brandywine just so I wouldn’t be playing in a ghost town.   It’s nice to actually see people in the game. 
I think it’s a fair bet that Landroval and Brandywine will be two of the survivors here.   Hopefully they will give us some choices… I’d rather move my level 65 patiently waiting on Silverlode to Brandywine.   It would be useless to me on Landroval.   My new LOTRO life is on Brandywine.

The game is way better when it’s not so empty of course, just like every other MMO.

Doyomaster
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I hope this makes the game better for LOTRO players. It’s one game I tried to get into, but just couldn’t. It’s a very beautiful world, and the exploration in it was great… but it just couldn’t grab me, sadly.

Maybe I’ll come back and give it another go… It’s been about that long since I last tried…

Tandor Shadewalker
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ashfyn Tandor Shadewalker Sorry but I don’t buy that excuse, given that they’re already scheduled to announce the servers well before the phased transfers are effective anyway.

I also don’t buy the other excuse above that they haven’t decided which servers to close yet.

It’s hugely frustrating especially for those kins who want to get as much preparation in hand as possible so as to ensure that the members can agree on where they’re going.

BigMikeyOcho
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Geering BigMikeyOcho See, and from what I know from Massively, if LotRO was closing, they’d just straight out come out and say it. When they had Infinite Crisis’s closure announcement the title was “Infinite Crisis is Shutting Down on August 14th”. Massively’s headlines, a great majority of the time, can be taken at face value… which is a compliment and a rarity these days. That title did not indicate any game closure, because it didn’t say it. 
And yeah, Turbine is upbeat about it, of course they are! It’s good CS, and they have to be. MMO veterans understand that server closures are a necessary process over a game’s lifetime, in order to keep up a critical mass of players. They’re bad, insomuch that a game isn’t growing overall, but good in that the developers are still trying to create the best environment for their players. Using WoW as an example… well Blizzard is not exactly winning any customer service awards anytime soon…
As for donating to their Kickstarter, it was more of an acknowledgement that I received a substantial value from all the Massively articles I’ve read over the years. It’s more a “thank you”, a “keep up the good work”, and a “I’d like to see you keep doing more of the same”. I don’t believe my comments have any more value than anyone elses, or that Massively should hold my comments weight more than others. If they do, well, they shouldn’t. Their website works off of advertising, and Patreon, so their ‘target’ should be everyone, as it’s more traffic based. But even being traffic based, I don’t think they’ve stooped to clickbait.

Anarwen
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ColdinT Yeah. Barefoot has never had a lot of people but I was sent there way at the beginning so I felt kind of loyal. I should have transfered long ago.