Players express anger over Lord of the Rings Online adding high-end gear to lockboxes

Long ago, Lord of the Rings Online first experimented with having stats on gear you can buy for real money. We bring this up here because… well, let’s unpack the latest patch’s lockboxes as players understand them. These lockboxes drop in numbers sufficient to build a house out of, but they can only be opened with keys. As you probably expect, the keys are bought with real money (or earned in horribly slow increments through play). And what’s within the lockboxes? Why… best-in-slot gear for the next patch’s dungeon?

Yes, this is the system players have found in the current test server for the game’s next update, and it has players up in arms for reasons that should be immediately obvious. Several threads are running in which players ask for Standing Stone Games to reconsider this system or alter the mechanics, since this system makes your chances at acquiring good upgrades almost entirely reliant on spending money on lockboxes… even if you actually like and enjoy the endgame. So that’s not going over well.

Source: Official Forums (1, 2, 3); thanks to Tobias for the tip!
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Melissa McDonald

None of this interferes with me enjoying playing the video game. I guess my priorities are different. I simply don’t care about lockboxes. In LOTRO they supplied me with my best gear until I hit Supreme tailoring tier and my crafted gear began to rival or surpass the Mathom-Hunter’s armour I got from chests and boxes. And it was good gear. Maybe in other games you are ‘gambling’ but in LOTRO I’ve gotten a lot of nice items from those chests.

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Mewmew

The Lock Box invasion is real. No matter what game you are in, don’t be too smug and happy and brag that your game doesn’t have them. They will hear you. They will invade.

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Utakata

In WoW they’ve been around since the day the game was released. And they always dropped stat gear. Though thankfully, players where allowed to roll a class that could always open them. I feel very sorry for all those other games that don’t have that. /sigh

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keyvis

It’s the only way to open lock-boxes in WoW actually. You can’t buy keys in cash-shop to open those.

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Cadaver

The spirit of Sauron endures in Mordor :(

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rafael12104

Ah… the old “Key Gambit”. It will fail miserably like the many others and it may take a toll on the game from which it doesn’t recover.

Good thing it is on the test server. Maybe they will do the right thing.

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GumpsGang

I understand the “debate” on if is there should be alternate ways to earn the instance gear (NOT raid gear). I can go either way, group play only vs a path for solo players.

Why is my LOTRO experience seem to be different? I just earn the keys a daily reward in-game, it does not take much to do this once you and finished Mordor content. If you have not made it that far yet, then don’t worry about the keys. You don’t need to buy them (unless you have a lot of extra LP to burn).

FYI — There is a clarification on the LOTRO form the Executive Producer posted on 10/5, well before this article was posted. Go read it to get the overview of what the plans are once the raid gear is out (patch 3).

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Melissa McDonald

Amen

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odin valhalla

It was always going to get to this point, it was always a matter of when. Im surprised its taken this long honestly, this game has been the extremely monitized. You can buy class skills (for creeps) legendary traits for weapons, passive class perks on and on and on and on. Turbine (which SSG has admitted ran the show) has telegraphed and executed this strategy for years.

Anyone telling you they are shocked or feigning that they are aghast by this either is new to the title or isnt being authentic. You can buy levels in this game, by passing a lot of the content. This is hardly a surprising outcome. Im still really happy for the players and turbine for getting to mordor, I never thought they would so kudos to that. Let them wring out the whales some more.

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Knox Harrington

Are they trying to kill what’s left of the player base because this is how you kill what’s left of your player base

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Bannex

FINALLY! now I don’t have to play that stupid game I can just grab mom’s wallet and be sweet

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draugris

It´s stupid and it´s annoying, i am a big LotRO fan but i don´t understand this move. Hopefully this does not hit live.

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Golconde

I kind of felt that way when they first introduced the LoTRO store.