Lord of the Rings Online is heading to Northern Mirkwood, Erebor, and Minas Morgul

Don’t get too comfortable in Mordor just yet, because Lord of the Rings Online is preparing to send its players to the far reaches of the explored map come 2018.

Executive Producer Rob Ciccolini dropped a juicy letter today that went into detail about the studio’s plans for LOTRO over the next year. It all begins with Update 21.3’s Abyss of Mordath raid, coming before the end of 2017. Then in early 2018, Update 22 is taking players to Northern Mirkwood, Dale, Laketown, and Erebor. Following that is Update 23, which returns to Mordor for a trip into Minas Morgul and a confrontation with Shelob.

Ciccolini sprinkled in some other additions and improvements coming to the game, including Elk mounts(!), a playable fiddle, updates to the festivals, the continuation of the Bingo Boffin storyline from last Halloween, and avatar updates to Dwarf and Hobbit models.

“We’re excited to further explore the lore and setting of Middle-earth for years to come, both by telling our own stories, and continuing to add the most iconic encounters, locations, and developments from the trilogy to the game,” he wrote.

Source: Lord of the Rings Online. Thanks Paragonlostinspace!
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Tobasco da Gama

Is the Mordor expansion available for LOTRO Points yet?

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johnwillo

MOP just announced it. Some of the cash bennies aren’t in the coin purchase, so read the article.

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Tobasco da Gama

Just saw that in the Beacon, too. Nice! Time to finally jump back in.

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roo woods

Took the words out of my mouth . I have my doubts it will happen before christmas .

No worries I am just leveling up an alt in that time .

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Paragon Lost

Nope, not yet.

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zoward

I just realized how casual a player of this game I’ve become:

Northern Mikwood? Okay I guess. Minas Morgul? Yeah, whatever.

A Playable fiddle! Ahhh yeah! Festival updates! Finally! Updates to Dwarf and Hobbit models (head explodes) .

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draugris

Well i can almost smell more lootboxes with stats gear. It´s a shame what greedy stone game does to LotRO. I almost lost interest in that game. Maybe i will play another Char to 50 to just revisit the old content with my life time account.

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Coolit

Haven’t played in quite a few years and didn’t know they have added loot boxes with stats gear, that’s a real shame :(

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Arngrim

Heck, im actually playing this game, and even i didn’t know. haha

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borghive

Their cash shop practices a long with those horrible loot boxes pretty much made me quit. I used to be able to tolerate the cash shop in this game, but I’m just fed up with it, which is too bad because this is a great game.

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Chosenxeno .

I tried Lotro twice. This past April I tried it and my Wireless headset wouldn’t work. So I moved onto something else. I downloaded it again this month. Same issue(yes I fiddled around with the sound settings). Now I’m cashing in SWL instead. How do you release an entire Expansion without fixing bugs? That’s telling me that they don’t care. I give Lotro a year before it’s tossed in the waste bin, officially…

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roo woods

I use a wireless headset all the time with lotro . No problems at all .

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Michael18

I would’ve preferred Northern Mirkwood to be a complete expansion with 4-5 zones. With everything crammed into a single update, hopefully the area won’t feel too claustrophobic.

Still, really looking forward to it, of course.

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MesaSage

Unfortunately, it’s not stemming the tide of outgoing players. It hasn’t been this empty since the server merges.

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johnwillo

I thought the Elks all sailed into the West…

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BalsBigBrother

This made me smile a little when it was posted in a thread asking when the game was closing down

Today, 04:56 PM #38 Cordovan Community Manager

Here’s an overview from Enchanted Learning:

In about 5 billion years from now, the sun will begin to die.

As the Sun grows old, it will expand. As the core runs out of hydrogen and then helium, the core will contract and the outer layers will expand, cool, and become less bright. It will become a red giant star.

After this phase, the outer layers of the Sun will continue to expand. As this happens, the core will contract; the helium atoms in the core will fuse together, forming carbon atoms and releasing energy. The core will then be stable since the carbon atoms are not further compressible.

Then the outer layers of the Sun drift off into space, forming a planetary nebula (a planetary nebula has nothing to do with planets), exposing the core.

Most of its mass will go to the nebula. The remaining Sun will cool and shrink; it will eventually be only a few thousand miles in diameter!

The star is now a white dwarf, a stable star with no nuclear fuel. It radiates its left-over heat for billions of years. When its heat is all dispersed, it will be a cold, dark black dwarf – essentially a dead star (perhaps replete with diamonds, highly compressed carbon).

It is likely that when the sun dies we will have to evaluate our ability to continue developing the game.

Source: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?659957-SSG-what-is-the-date-for-the-games-closing&p=7792031#post7792031

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Melissa McDonald

YES WE ARE FINALLY GETTING “THE HOBBIT” BOOK’S GEOGRAPHY!

Treasure this game, people. Treasure it. Its like may never be made again.

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johnwillo

Christopher Tolkien has stepped down as Guardian of Middle Earth Lore (title I made up). The folks running the Tolkien estate going forward are likely to be a lot more liberal with licensing and restrictions on content. A lot more stuff like Shadow of Mordor, and less like LotRO, I’d bet. I’ll be glad to see more licensed stuff, but I doubt I’ll be happy with the “extensions” made to the lore. (“Hey, what if dwarves had Uzis?”)

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Wakkander

But what if dwarves had uzis…?

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Sleepy

What if dwarves were oozey?

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johnwillo

Then there would be one heavily perforated Balrog.

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Nick // Genghis

Agreed. Been my favorite MMO since 2006 during closed beta. I really hope towards the finale of the game as a whole they figure a way to improve the server lag. Only real thing holding me back from diving headfirst into the game again. :\

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Vincent Clark

They will never fix the performance issues because they know [some players] will get so excited about new content that they’ll forget about everything that is wrong with the game.

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Melissa McDonald

So whom should they cater to? People excited about the game, or curmudgeons? Who won’t love them no matter what they do?

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