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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Amphax

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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Geering

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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melissamcdon

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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Doyomaster

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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Tandor Shadewalker

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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BigMikeyOcho

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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Anarwen

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.

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

John Wise denhith Exactly the right question to be asking. And there are a couple of reasons, I think.

1) The servers themselves are underprovisioned, and merging without a hardware upgrade would have degraded performance. (E.g., Brandywine for the past year or so.) Upgrading hardware could reduce overhead in the long run, but it requires a substantial up-front investment, and companies are often unwilling to take that kind of hit.

2) For most MMOs developed prior to the recent popularity of megaserver architectures, shutting down any number of servers — no matter how good your reasons or what the benefits to players might be — incurs a substantial hit to the game’s image. There’s really no way around it.

3) Migration tools are expensive to build, with little clear benefit to a company’s bottom line. But you also can’t do a merger like this one without really, really good migration tools.

Geering
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Geering

BigMikeyOcho Well, I don’t need it to be *quite* as sensationalist as that to consider it clickbait. This title is worded in a way as to imply, at first glance, that LotRO is about to close. Granted, it may have been unintentional, but I doubt it.

But that’s irrelevant. I’m someone who reads for free, while you’re someone who paid for the privilege. If it doesn’t bother you, I suppose it’s ok. I’m not being snarky or sarcastic, here. From a business perspective, the opinion of a paying customer should always take precedence over the opinion of a non-paying one.

As for LotRO’s overall status, I have seen it much, much worse. There’s lots of small tweaks & fixes, along with larger updates & new content that seems to indicate good health in an MMO. It’s been in maintenance mode for a while before, but it’s far from it these days.

When I was playing WoW a couple years ago, back when they had a couple million more subs, the server I was in was a ghost town. I’d be startled if I saw someone else anywhere in the world & I could never find anything in the Auction House. Despite that, Blizzard was about to open a few more servers.

Conversely, the server I’m playing in in LotRO – Evernight – is rumoured to be one that’s closing down. I see people EVERYWHERE in the landscape all the time & the Auction House is reasonably well stocked, even allowing me to continuously profit from it.

If you read the linked source – which, in my opinion should be featured more prominently within the article’s text – you’ll see an upbeat article that’s completely devoid of PR speak.

RooWoods
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RooWoods

A Dad Supreme LoL That reminded me of Funcoms enhanced player experience which diminished TSW .

RooWoods
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RooWoods

d0ub1ep1u5g00d Maybe its just the end of the beginning :)

RooWoods
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RooWoods

playerxx I would thought it was obvious . You just have to use a bit of common sense . People are getting a choice as to which server they will go to .

BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

How is this clickbait? The title isn’t exaggerating, using tricks, or lacking of information. They *are* closing servers. Replacing the word “merge” might go further, but “closing” is fine, and says more about Lotro’s overall status than just saying “merge”.
Now if it said “You Won’t Believe What LotRO is Going to Say On August 3rd! I’m Shocked!” then yeah, you might have more of a case for clickbait.

RooWoods
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RooWoods

At last this should have been done a long time ago . I actually have been on hiatus with lotro waiting for this to happen because I became so frustrated being on a dead server and I didn’t want to level up and alt on Brandywine . 

Out of interest which of the EU servers are still busy ? I played on Snowbourne and Withywindle so I probably will be on servers that are effected by the shut downs .

Geering
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Geering

I only read Massively to keep up with LotRO news, since Turbine is astoundingly incompetent in, among other things, communicating with their customers, so this is the “best”, as it were, news source for the only MMO I’m playing.

But lately, there’s been quite a few empty articles – read, articles that are nothing more than glorified thread topics that would be more at home in the game’s forums – & a worrying trend towards clickbait.

While I can’t name other clickbait articles off the top of my head – I’m sorry, I don’t memorize these things – this one is a shiny example.

Was “Turbine to announce Server Merger details on August 3” a bit too professional for you, Mr. Reahard?

I guess I’m stuck with you & your ilk, though. There’s no other news source for LotRO out there. At least it’s free. I hope the people paying for your salaries won’t mind this new direction.

Cheers!

John Wise
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John Wise

denhith Why the heck would you keep so many servers in the first place if the population of the game is not WoW-ish.

Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

Evelmike I think it was clear a while ago Turbine was done making new mmos.

Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

I am hopeful this will both reduce costs and make playing the game better with more players.
I hope this works out for the best.

DasBenty
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DasBenty

sigh, still can’t believe I paid for a level 50 in this game when I really wasnt into it anyways,  stewpid alcohol.

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

ashfyn Sarigar The “Live Events” thing is quite curious, but promising. Turbine haven’t done any kind of real Live Events since… well, a really long time. Shadows of Angmar days. I wonder what they have in mind.

ashfyn
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Tandor Shadewalker  They want people to use the new transfer mechanism, which won’t be in place until next week.  If they announced what servers were closing before they have the system ready to do it, there would be chaos and their support people and the forums would be swamped.

ashfyn
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ashfyn

Sarigar  They’ve been holding on to 29 servers for more than 8 years.  It’s okay that they close some and consolidate the player base.  And:

“So what happens after we are all moved over to the remaining ten? Lots
of fun times ahead. The new data center we will be moving provides a
much faster connection to the internet with more direct ports to all
territories. We are updating all of our software to the latest and
greatest versions and all of the worlds are moving to new top of the
line hardware allowing for less interruptions of service and a smoother
gameplay experience for us all. Having fewer worlds means the ability
for our team to run more Live Events on those worlds and the
consolidation of players will mean the worlds will be more active,
giving you more people to form fellowships, kinships or even just enjoy a
festival with. We are really excited about this chance to re-invigorate
Middle-earth and we hope you are as well!”

leixicon
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leixicon

Hopefully this consolidation will boost servers enough for this game to keep getting updates for many years to come.

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf

roskam76

Aldrnari
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Aldrnari

FFXIV, but that isn’t a particularly fair example. I’m an unabashed fan of the game, but even I know that won’t last forever.

MatthewYetter
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MatthewYetter

Gibbins
Well, given the fact that progress focused raiding only accounts for about 10-15% of their player base, server mergers wouldn’t have solved a lot of their problems.  The biggest issue with Blizzard has in fact been that they’ve focused the majority of their resources on that 10-15% of their player base while mostly giving fluff to everyone else.  That, combined with their trend toward ever-longer gaps between any new content whatsoever.  

But server mergers could have benefited the game economy as well, which would have been a plus for the entire player base.

JudgeDavid101
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JudgeDavid101

PRECIOUSSssssssssssss..

Gibbins
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Gibbins

Server merges and closures are a very positive thing when they keep populations healthy.  No game is immune to them, and one game in particular ought to have closed a lot of servers years ago.

WoW, even at the peak of TBC had something like 40 or 50 low population servers, many of which were in desperate need of closure and mergers as it was almost impossible to maintain any kind of progress focused raiding guild.  Despite a lot of player complaints and requests Blizzard ignored the problem and spent years trying to mask it by developing LFG, LFR, cross realm BG and all sorts of other tech when all they had to do was front up and say….

“We opened a lot of servers to make sure our rapidly growing customer base were able to log in and enjoy the game, however now that the population has stabilised we will be merging some servers to ensure every one of our customers has the same opportunity to enjoy the group oriented content”.

How easy would that have been.  Instead they messed about for years and lost a lot of customers who simply felt it was unreasonable to continue masking the problem to maintain transfer income.

I have a lot of respect for any company that is prepared to weather a potentially negative headline to deliver the best experience for it’s customers.

teppic
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teppic

Although this will cause disruption, I see it as excellent news overall. Most people will be unaffected – the least populated servers that will close typically have as low as 1-2% of the game’s population on them, something obviously never intended. A common complaint has been that low population has put people off, I think this will give the game more life. Let’s not forget too that the world is truly massive. We’re not going to see thousands of people in a few tiny maps.

roskam76
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roskam76

Just remember guy, games like the original EverQuest did their first server mergers around 10 years ago (roughly), and it is still going.  So it doesnt mean the end, just a sign of the times.

denhith
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denhith

19 servers are closing.  19.  That says enough on it’s own.

Bannex19
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Bannex19

You should write for Trump.

FireBomberSeven
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FireBomberSeven

playerxx Instead of just dumping everyone from empty servers into one, they’re letting the players choose which of the populated servers to transfer to for free instead.

playerxx
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playerxx

hardy83 Survival gangbox in early alpha access on steam. Replace zombies with orcs.

playerxx
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playerxx

So they don’t even merge servers,  they just close some?

Some explain me how this is a good  thing.

Zuleyus
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Zuleyus

hardy83 
I could see a Middleearth sandbox, but I’m sure the itemisation wouldn’t be very appealing to most folks if it sticks to lore…

d0ub1ep1u5g00d
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d0ub1ep1u5g00d

I hope my server isnt being closed and I lose some of my character names when I transfer over! I also hope this isnt the beginning of the end….

Zuleyus
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Zuleyus

chernabog nahenway 
The problem is that Tolkien Estate / Christopher Tolkien won’t ever give out a license to that effect again. Wishful thinking… :(

kofteburger
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kofteburger

hardy83 Card game. It would be a card game.

kofteburger
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kofteburger

chernabog nahenway Middle Earth: The Old Republic.

Tandor Shadewalker
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Tandor Shadewalker

I find it really frustrating that they go into so much detail about the transfer arrangements while holding back on the one piece of information that people need most of all – namely, which servers are closing and which are remaining.

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

“http://massivelyop.com/2015/07/27/turbine-to-announce-lotro-server-closures-on-august-3/”
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Wrong headline. You’ve got to say it in Trion speak:

“Turbine is extremely happy to announce it’s revolutionary ‘Lifestyle Initiative Enhancement System’ (L.I.E.S.) that change the way players game in a brand new way. This is not a server merge, but a new way of looking at old problems.”

Sigbjorn
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Sigbjorn

One server to rule them all, one server to find them.
One server to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.

EO_Lonegun
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EO_Lonegun

To think I almost uninstalled the game from my computer last night.

J0M0
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J0M0

Oh my. I thought the game was shutting down at first glance of the headline. Glad it isn’t. I don’t really play anymore and only played it casually at launch, but I still love what the game is. I get urges to log back in and just wander around as I love MIddle Earth. I too wish the character models would get a revamp. As strange as that is, it would draw me back into the game.

Estranged
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Estranged

nahenway Nah, I just want ability button art that makes sense.

MatthewYetter
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MatthewYetter

There’s an error in this article.  You say that characters on the affected worlds will get those perks.  In actuality, all characters on all worlds will receive the gift box.

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