Lord of the Rings Online mini-expansion brings Pelennor Fields and level cap increase

“Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden! Fell deeds awake, fire and slaughter! Spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered, a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises! Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!”

The day of days is finally upon Lord of the Rings Online, as Update 18: The Battle of Pelennor Fields has released. This is a mini-expansion in truth, as it contains a level cap increase to 105, over 70 additional quests, two more books in the epic story, the Far Anórien region, and a new instance cluster.

The fan-favorite Battle of Pelennor fields will play out over both the epic story and the trio of new instances, the latter of which include The Blood of the Black Serpent, The Quays of the Harlond, and the Silent Street. With the update comes a new featured instance system, in which Turbine will choose an old instance or raid each week to promote with special rewards. There’s a lot to absorb in the patch notes, so get reading while you prepare for battle!

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VasDrakken
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Oleg Chebeneev that is texture stretching where someone messed up the U to V space or UV layout. Everything from just above the waterfall to the lake below on the one mountain is stretched, if it is still a modified Unreal it is likely geo that was not laid out properly as bsp usually have a 1 to 1  scale.

When the game came out it was a heavily modified unread editor 2.5 with parts of 3.0 code. Then they updated to 3.0 with evendim lake area and added the Direct 11 code. that was when the water went from cool looking but no effects on it to moving effects in the water… it is likely it UE editor four code now which has no trouble with some of the crazier photo realistic effects… likely someone was in a hurry and took existing area of terrain and copied it to a new area and distorted it not even knowing what UV space is… or they took a brush and painted down a mountain range to add in the water fall. Could be a dozen other things but the biggest reason when you look at it is that is that color all is gloomy… the value does not change at all and the numbers are like with ten points of each other… mordor is supposed to be gloomy and if your getting close that sorta makes sense except to play in that area people are going to start acting odd… the human mind when seeing monotones has problems… when I was in the early beta playing in angamar they has a similar issue which is why the red were added to the area to break up the monotones… might just be the shot they chose but people looking at that will wonder why it is not appealing when the content should be… it is the colors they used washing out the impact of the shot… likely if they had added greens, blues or reds to terrain texture or simply got it further from the color of the sky it would have popped more… likely the art is not the issue just washed out colors don’t have the impact that splashes of color do. I remember when the dye system was first in all the dyes where what were called natural colors and people complained they wanted bright pink and bunch of other colors… I don’t remember if people ever got their pink dyes but most of the concept art that was kept instead of tossed was set by that person, considering that the owner was woman who died a couple years ago… likely her vision was replaced by who ever set the mood above. Her character was ravenous I used to duo with her from time to time when she did not have to drop everything to look at something in game. I was playing with dett’s group and ravenous wanted me to be in her guild but her own policy was that only developers were allowed in it and she was getting grief from QA as it was that their character were not in it. So we did the next best thing we swapped gear so that my character was always wearing something she made which she was not selling on the AH, so there literately was no other place to get it, but I hung out with her in person a couple times, and she was always wearing clothing to make a statement… I remember that she almost never wore a piece of clothing a second time, I asked her and she said I would not understand. I never did until I met another woman who did the same thing and she laughed and told me that when she wore the same dress a couple times people all talked about it for days… which made a bigger impact than the stuff she normally did. It is a mindset that you can have good enough or you can have stunning. some people are happy aiming for good enough and some people are happy failing to get perfection but achieving good enough. maybe with more time they will aim higher who knows.

wanderv15
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wanderv15

This update has great Epics. Can’t wait for new raid!

wanderv15
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wanderv15

Oleg Chebeneev Mindwork, ts-ts-ts. bad troll! :)

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

Jack Pipsam xGBHx

Sure, corporate overlords can do whatever they want. But I see a lot of people saying, “Well, they obviously can’t continue the story past Mordor”, when that’s just not true. They can keep the story going as long as there’s interest.

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

captainzor Gondor calls for aid!

Space_Brother
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Space_Brother

Michael18 tobascodagama As someone who hasn’t kept up with LOTRO for years, what did they attempt to do after Helm’s Deep, if you don’t mind?

Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

tobascodagama xGBHx The head story guy from The Matrix Online had a whole planned out story as well, doesn’t mean that the corporation in charge cares.

Geering
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Geering

Oleg Chebeneev Yeah, comparing Amorey’s screenshots just above you to the one you posted, I have to ask – what’s the point of this & what do you gain from it?
It all boils down to whether you like the art or not, anyway. There are plenty of newer games with better graphics whose aesthetics I can’t stand, GW2 being one of them, for example.
Unless the graphics are truly horrible – check Simon the Sorcerer 3D sometime – the way a game looks is highly subjective.

captainzor
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captainzor

The beacons are lit!!!

OdinValhalla
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OdinValhalla

The featured instance is interesting and nice to see. This game has a lot of content, most of it older but its all still there.