Lord of the Rings Online puts a fresh coat of paint on old zones

The return of a former Lord of the Rings Online developer has put into motion a gradual revamp of one of the game’s older zones. World Designer Matt Elliott wrote a short dev blog on the forums in which he said that he was given the task to put a “fresh coat of paint” on one of the game’s oldest and most iconic zones.

“There is a lot of love that went into building the landscapes of Eriador, Rhovanion and beyond — but the cracks in the plaster of our earliest regions are showing,” Elliott wrote. “To ramp back into building worlds, I was asked to take a critical look at Breeland and other areas to see what updated design principles and assets could be incorporated into our oldest of homes.”

As part of this project, he has overseen work on Breeland and given it a high-level polish pass that includes better graphics and “a few small surprises” for players to discover. Work will progress to Ered Luin and other parts of the original landscape as time permits

Source: Official forums. Thanks GumpsGang!
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Jonny Sage

But is that guy STILL building that house north of Bree?

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Ceres Outpost

I recently came back to the game and collected my “Elevenses” title. For me, this is the best mmorpg available at the moment. I always come back to it sooner or later. I really like how things have progressed since Standing Stone started running the show. I hope someone out there is thinking about version 2. This is an IP that never gets old.

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Bryan

This is cool but the most encouraging thing is that SSG has been hiring and it seems to be pushing out a more steady diet of Quality of Life improvements to the game. Still hoping for the 64 bit client but still enjoying my time working my way to level cap up to 68 these days going to have to figure out when breaking for Battle for Azeroth but that might be a lot shorter than usual thanks to Lotro and some single player games:).

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Crowe

I’d come back if they put out a 64-bit client. I had way too much ability lag and can just feel the 32-bit client creaking.

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Vincent Clark

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BalsBigBrother

I hope that this fresh coat of paint doesn’t affect performance in anyway. Some of the newer zones look absolutely stunning but sadly that came with a performance cost for some folks even though they should be able to run things fine.

That said I welcome the fact that SSG are taking the time to look back at older content and sprucing things up where they can.

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johnwillo

I wondered why Barliman Butterbur was standing in front of the Prancing Pony wearing only a speedo and flexing for passersby.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

I still see some screen shots from time to time of that game that reminds me how lovely their version of Middle Earth can be in places.

At this point though I really want a new open world Middle Earth. Their tech in other areas was super spotty and has done it no favors over the years.

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taradyne

Yeah LOTRO’s environmental art is still some of the best in any mmo, despite its age.