LOTRO’s 2016 roadmap

    
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Everyone always wants to know what’s coming next for their favorite game. As Lord of the Rings Online players are nearing the cusp of Mordor itself, it’s understandable that there are many questions that are out there concerning the game’s future.

Enter the 2016 producer’s letter, with the team discussing the “major initiatives” that are planned for the new year. On the deck for the game is the move to the new datacenter (which was delayed from 2015), a level cap increase to 105, more instances, a 12-player raid, and the start of a collection system.

In a new interview with LOTRO Players, Turbine devs also discussed the inclusion of the episodic Bingo Boffin, the use of time travel in its new epic story, and hints as to what is to come. Scouring of the Shire, anyone?

When pressed on the remainder of the main storyline, Turbine’s head writer said, “I have a pretty good idea of the overall story-line of the epic, but I wouldn’t say we’re locked into a set road map. We try to stay pretty flexible concerning where the story takes us. When I came up with the Galadriel prophecies in 2008, I obviously had certain events in the story in mind, and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that seven years later we’re certainly closer to some of them than we were.”

Source: LOTROLOTRO Players. Thanks to John and teppic for the tip!
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Rav_Griffon
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shayneary I keep dreaming about this, too.

mosselyn
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Dreema I hate them, too. For all intents, they have scrapped warsteeds. They’re still in the game, of course, and you still have to deal with them when going through Rohan, but Gondor enabled me to put my warsteed out to pasture. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Big Battles, I’m sorry to say, still seem to be going strong.

crackfox
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melissaheather SallyBowls1 That and Radagast.

melancholyroar
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melancholyroar

Have always wanted to get into this game but being a graphics whore I’ve never made the jump.

Koshelkin
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An Overabundance of Cats Koshelkin SallyBowls1 Alex J Yeah, precisely what I said at a different place in this article’s comments.

“It would bring in more cash, of that I’m sure, but the process should be so expensive that it wouldn’t pay out in the end. It’s 8 years worth of assets and they would need tons of additional texture/3D artists and engine coders as well.”

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

An Overabundance of Cats Koshelkin SallyBowls1 Alex J This was about giving Lotro a new engine so engine limitations aren’t really in question.

groo the wanderer
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groo the wanderer

With the server mergers . I have started playing again and I am having fun because the two I play on now ( laurelin and evernight ) are very busy . The mergers should have been done two or three years ago though which may have helped them retain more players than they have now . 

I am pretty certain given that their license given there is no other middle earth mmo in development will be renewed in 2017 and that they will get to the end of Mordor . After that though I think the games future will be in question . 

There are possibly things they could do after the events of the scouring of the shire though which are mentioned in Lord of the Rings . There are the orc cults and the battles with the easterling kings ( i also seem to remember legolas starts up the last elf colony in middle earth and there is also a huge naval battle mentioned ) . The point being the game need not end with the defeat of Sauron ( although I imagine it will end there )

vicariousfan
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Jack Pipsam LordSolarMacharius it would probably have lasted but they wouldn’t be putting out as much content as they have been.

JimGriffiths
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ColdinT Zariarn Well in the end it may just come back to bite them in the butt. They are always complaining they need money and then lay-off workers. Well it doesn’t seem they want it too badly. Look at the fortune SOE/Daybreak brought in from it’s prestige housing, look at how good many other games have done their housing and brought in profits. I would rather use resources and make a profit then waste them on new systems that are trivial or on content that people really don’t want. Upper management is completely clueless.

Jack Pipsam
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melissaheather I am not sure how much of an impact they could have had.
This game never really tied into The Hobbit at all. The movies were a massive success on their own but I don’t think Warner Brothers ever did much to push LotRO at the time.
PJ’s focus is on the film, it should have been WB job to push the game.