In an interview with MMO-Central, Standing Stone discussed how it made more sense for players’ adventures in Mordor to be set in the footsteps of Frodo and Sam instead of at the same time. But don’t worry, the studio assured fans, there will still be a “tremendous pit of evil” with which to contend and that players will see the penultimate moment of the ring’s destruction (session play perhaps?).
“The reason that we can enter Mordor and not interfere with Frodo and Sam’s mission is because the majority of the Mordor expansion is going to take place after they’ve already gotten to Mount Doom. It would not be appropriate, I don’t think, for adventurers to be gallivanting in Mordor concurrent with Frodo and Sam doing their thing,” Jeff Libby said. “Fairly early on in the expansion, I think you’ll see that things get sorted out in a way, and then Mordor is our oyster.”
The team also went into some detail about the avatar revamps coming with the expansion: “They’re redoing the actual character sculpts if I can use the art term which means yeah, you’ll see more polygons and the faces will be more detailed and the hairs will be more detailed and then we’ll redo the animations and remove the hiccups.”