Lord of the Rings Online’s Mordor patch is now in testing – check out the new regions

Mordor comes at you fast, or so it seems with Lord of the Rings Online’s next massive update. Standing Stone Games has followed up its streamed preview of the patch with preliminary patch notes and instructions. The studio is currently asking testers on Bullroarer to test the leveling curve past the new level cap bump, the new crafting tier, the improved barber UI, the allegiance system, the gear recycling system, and the early stages of the Mordor questing area, which I can’t believe I just typed.

Udun, the entryway that holds great forges, quarries, and parade grounds of Mordor.
Dor Amarth, the rocky plain holding the broken bones of Barad-dur
Talath Urui, located south of Mount Doom, home to key fortresses, prisons, and military establishments.
Lhingris, west of the Morgai ridge, home to Cirith Ungol.
Agarnaith, a valley southeast of Barad-dur with a dense, pestilent, and bloody swampland.

LOTRO Players has collected a bunch of preview videos of the five regions new to the game when the update launches; we’ve included them all below.

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Source: Official forums, LOTRO Players. Thanks, Feodor and John!
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Paragon Lost

Hoping they’ll fix a few animations issues I’ve noted in more recent years that don’t seem to go away. One is with my Champion, one of his weapons attacks animations is really wonky these days and you don’t see a weapon in his hands when he does it.

Also the mount animation with the rider that gets out of sync all the time. You have to stop and walk the mount then return to the faster mounted speed to get your character and the horse in sync. It gets out of sync after a bit and drives me batty. This problem doesn’t exist with the mounted combat mount, just the “norma” mounts. It’s annoying though.

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Melissa McDonald

Squee!

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MesaSage

Old character model: Thinking about what to have for dinner.
New character model: Thinking about having YOU for dinner.

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Malorey Malone

What’s the new level cap? 750? :)

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GumpsGang

I ran through the gates and when straight for Mt. Doom. Holy crap SSG. Awesome work! When you start to wander more, you start to feel the scale of everything far beyond what the vids can show. You will need to create a geared up level 115 for this, some of the locals are not entirely friendly.

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finyar

I like the pools of blood with the castle in the background, because it clearly shows what the team can archieve with a few new art assets. The other zones look rather empty, barren and messy, plastered with the same old textures and buildings we know for at least ten years now. But I’m glad that they get the chance to finish the story.

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Viktor Budusov

Anytime i see idiotic rant like “the same old textures and buildings we know for at least ten years now” bullshit i regret there is no dislike button here. :(

Haters gonna hate.

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GumpsGang

I didn’t get the same impression running about Mordor on the weekend. I must have gone to the right places. They did say they are still adding in art.

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Danny Smith

I can’t believe its finally happening, but also a little bittersweet that after this years long journey Frodo’s finally going to get to mount doom and end it at some point.

But better than the game closing down beforehand i suppose.

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CthulhuDawg

I’m actually crazy excited for this. Another poster pushed me over the edge to try LoTRO finally. I’m waiting for the release of Mordor, mostly holding out for the new High Elf models and starting zone.

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Oleg Chebeneev

You probably have to be Tolkien or LoTRO fan to appreciate new zones since they look boring to me. Ive seen similar assets in Angmar and Lone Lands (that lake of blood).
New characters models on the other hand are clear improvement. Hopefully they have new improved animations as well

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Viktor Budusov

I wonder where did you see volcanoe in Angmar.

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Loopy

Yeah i was never really bothered by the overall look of the models, but rather their animations. I’m definitely anticipating a demo of the new animations.

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GumpsGang

I ran about Mordor this weekend. No worries, it does not feel or like like Angmar or the Lone Lands. Not even close. :)

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