LOTRO explains new legendary imbuement system, preps anniversary

    
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One of the big ticket items for Lord of the Rings Online’s Update 16 is a revamp of the legendary item system with something that the team is calling “legendary imbuement.” The team posted a livestream today to explain how this system will change LIs and how players will grow them.

The idea is that players won’t be deconstructing and reforging LIs but will have an item that will stick with you for the long haul. As part of this overhaul, many LI legacies will be changed, removed, and added.

In other LOTRO news, the team posted a schedule for the next few months of events. Coming up quickly is the game’s 8th anniversary, which is slated for April 14th through the 28th. That will be followed by the spring festival from May 20th through June 3rd.

[Source: Twitch, spring/early summer schedule]
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q945
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q945

I remember ages ago a kinmate saying that he was excited for the new system because it meant to the end of the LI grind. I spontaneously laughed in his face (which I immediately felt sorry for) and said that they would just be replacing one grind system with another. Sadly it looks like I was right, I’ve seen several posts calculating the cost of fully upgrading a new LI and its more than twice the cost of fully creating a non-imbued First Age LI!! All this for a LI that you don’t have to reforge in future level cap rises… with no indication of future level cap rises.

wanderv15
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wanderv15

Right now new LI system looks half-baked and only works for lvl 100 LIs. But they may apply to any lvl LI in U17 as they said. So don’t have too much hype. As usual Turbine’s new features are beta till the next update

wanderv15
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wanderv15

ashfyn You will be surprised how much content ‘three developers’ can create.

MesaSage
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MesaSage

Can’t watch the stream but I wonder what will happen to the tens of thousands of relics I’ve been accumulating.

Kevin_G
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Kevin_G

ashfyn Troll much?

Neo_Wolf
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Neo_Wolf

Koshelkin Neo_Wolf As I say the “idea” was awesome, but the actual implementation they came up was just AWFUL.

ashfyn
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ashfyn

Well, let’s see if the three developers left working on LOTRO can bring this off.

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

Neo_Wolf I don’t know, the Legendary Item system is nowhere near perfect but still I wish for almost all my MMO’s something *like* it. I just love the idea to have at least a weapon which is really *yours*, customized down to it’s name. I could also imagine this with breastplate’s or other parts of the armor. And funnily enough LotRO is the only game I know which implemented a system like that. ~The name of my sages Staff is “Malleus Maleficarum” and his book is “Tractatus contra Daemones”. Maybe not appropriate for Tolkien’s World but I think it’s pretty cool to have such items.

mjcbarnes
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mjcbarnes

It’s only LIs at 100

hubristic
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hubristic

SallyBowls1 I read and saw it was LIs at 100, but I am not 100%.