How Turbine built Lord of the Rings Online’s Battle of Pelennor Fields

    
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Turbine Design Lead Ben “DrOctothorpe” Schneider has a meaty design blog out for Lord of the Rings players anxiously awaiting the launch of Update 18: The Battle of Pelennor Fields.

Schneider says Turbine has never tackled any battle so huge and momentous as Pelennor Fields itself, which won’t surprise anyone who’s seen Return of the King and held her breath while the dust of the battle clears. The team first considered porting it into a massive instance or epic battle but ultimately put together its very own crack team to turn the battle into a technically challenging web of instances, hubs, quests, and cinematics.

“Starting with the Ride of the Rohirrim, the player (that’s you) would traverse five key areas of the battle, each at a different stage of the day,” he explains. “Epic instances would by-and-large bridge these moments. An instance cluster would be called out at branch-off points where appropriate (as well as in the Instance Finder, of course). And in-between, we would render the raging battlefield from the soldier’s-eye-view, after a fashion never before seen in Lord of the Rings Online.”

The update was originally planned to launch today but has been delayed until tomorrow. It includes a level cap bump up to 105, three new instances, quests and deeds for high-level players, and a weekly instance schedule.

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Humble48
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melissaheather I agree that’s it’s definitely in the top 3 MMOs of all time. The attention to detail of the books is quite impressive and even today, the game still looks decent from the environment perspective. However, it definitely needs a graphical, interface and combat update. I could do without the graphical update but the combat is just difficult at this point. The long action times and vast number of skills make it difficult to play.

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pcgneurotic You just described any post-Super Nintendo game you take a hiatus from. Games today are too complex to take a break from and then expect to pick up from where you left off.

mosselyn
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TheGremmel There’s a tricky bit in their support system: If you send in a ticket and do not respond to their ack email, your ticket gets closed. Unlike pretty much every other company I’ve ever done business with, where the ack is just that: An acknowledgement that you’re not supposed to respond to. 
Perhaps that’s what happened to you.

Geering
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Karl_Hungus You forgot three of the fellest deeds: Massive FPS drops for no reason, badly coded engine hiccups & random lag.
Morgoth would’ve worshipped Turbine. Sauron stands in awe at the suffering Turbine causes to the Free Peoples.

Geering
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Geering

melissaheather Any game you play for too long is likely to burn you out. LotRO is the only MMO I’m currently playing, but only in short intense bursts of wild passion. Plenty of late nights, consuming all my free time until inevitable burnout again. Then it’s a few of months with absolutely no play before I head into the fray once again.
It’s the cycle of MMOs. Perfectly natural.

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Geering

DasBenty Being well aware that I’m stating the obvious, you’ve no one to blame but yourself.
I do sympathise with late night drunken e-shopping. I know all about that too.

Geering
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Geering

wanderv15 BrandywineFred
Dude, don’t talk to Fred like that. He’s not a greedy kid.
In fact, he’s a credit to gamers everywhere. I’ve never seen any other gamer as cool-headed, reasonable & pragmatic.
Plus, he got banned for our sins. Sapience gave him the kiss & all, first. Uncanny.

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wanderv15 BrandywineFred Obviously you don’t know BrandywineFred, else you wouldn’t say what you said as you said it. It is no so much the 20$ people find exaggerated, it’s the way they choose to offer it. Other updates were broken down into parts. You had the instance part, the quest part, … or everything as one pack with a discount. Now there’s only that: 20$

I have absolutely no interest in instances and raids. I play LotRO for my kinnies and the wonderfull virtual Middle Earth. I’d just buy the quest pack and be done with it. That woulda/coulda cost met 795-995 TPs. Not 1995. Perhaps somewhere down the road I’ll buy the instance cluster. Now I no longer have that option.

Also, 1995 pts means you’d have to buy the 34.99$ point pack, as the 19.99$ pack won’t suffise.

Then again, I’m VIP and an altoholic. I usually have upwards of 5K points available, so to me it’s not so much a concern, but I can understand those who feel it is.

Cambruin
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Cambruin

Bannex19 And I for one love them for it.

teppic
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TheGremmel I don’t know what happened to you, but the couple of tickets I’ve opened were answered immediately and dealt with completely.