LOTRO devs address anniversary event uproar

    
35
While Lord of the Rings Online players are flitting all around Middle-earth to complete the brand-new scavenger hunt cards, not everyone is happy with the anniversary event. Some of the community has raised an uproar over the hunt, saying that it discriminates against characters that haven’t hit the level cap and are restricted in travel options.

On the forums, the team emerged to address the controversy and offer limited reassurance:

We encourage lower-level players to make use of the incredible player community in LOTRO and get a little help from friends, kinships, and even kindly strangers to complete quests that go far afield. Also keep in mind that most of the rewards come from completing a single quest for each year. Our goal was to keep the event light and fun, where you could dip your toe in and get something out of it.

But here’s the important thing: the Scavenger Hunt will be back next year. The quests you have completed will remain completed and the ones that remain will be waiting for you. Of course, there will also be an eleventh year to finish, but that’s time for you. It marches onward for all the free peoples, even the Elves.

Other issues, such as the Year 2 Reflections instances being bugged and the accessibility of the Dead Marshes are being looked at by the team.

Advertisement

No posts to display

newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Loyal Patron
Tobasco da Gama

Too bad there isn’t some kind of chat channel that people could use to talk to other players on their server and get help traveling to and completing the scavenger hunt content. Really short-sighted move, not putting something like that in the game.

Reader
Melissa McDonald

Bugs, no good. High level content? Bloody earn it!

Reader
Viktor Budusov

Right, then they will whine why lvl 5 can’t participate in Sauron defeat event. What a stupid whinefest.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Tandor

I dipped into LoTRO today after a gap of 3 months in order to see what the anniversary event was all about. I found the lag and rubber-banding (on Evernight) pretty hopeless, and then read up on the forum about how the event is impossible to complete if you aren’t at the level cap, and in fact incapable of being traveled to at one stage if you’re below 85 (I’m late 70s). I can’t say I was overly impressed!

Staff
Patreon Donor
Loyal Patron
Colin Henry

I’m a pretty casual, off-and-on LotRO player (with a small army of alts), so my highest character is only level 52, despite having collected my sixth year anniversary rewards this year. I’m not at all surprised that the scavenger hunt is not available to players of my level; it’s a reward for long-time players to go back over old content.
Us lowbies can still shoot off fireworks and the like the same as every year and get the new mount and cosmetics. It’s not like the scavenger hunt holds the only rewards for the festival.

Reader
Hurbster

I have had to catch lifts from guildies to get to places in ESO for places i did not have a ‘port to for events. This any different ?

Reader
odin valhalla

Ah good old lotro players, they never cease to amaze. You could give them a free lunch, and as they are eating it they would be complaining about the temperature of the food.

Im glad the game is still chugging along, hang in there.

Reader
Robert Mann

Uh, seriously? The event is meant as a cool bonus for players. It not being all in the level 5-15 areas is pretty darn standard.

You play as you like, but that doesn’t mean all content will always meet your playstyle. After ten years, with no real death penalty, if you haven’t leveled up much I don’t think that’s the developer’s fault.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Mukit

After ten years, with no real death penalty, if you haven’t leveled up much I don’t think that’s the developer’s fault.

Agreed. And a free to play game ta boot.

Reader
Patreon Donor
Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

In other games I get people being disgruntled at what’s supposed to be an event for the whole playerbase only to see it gated by leveling but with LOTRO its even more of an issue because there are people that play that game that never leave the Shire. I know people that play that game that don’t even play other video games let alone other MMOs just because of the IP.

IDK. It sounds like a really cool event, but those people that weren’t able to do anything in it should now have incentive to level up all the by next year so that they can see what a rad game they are missing out on and also to do this event.

dixa
Reader
dixa

when you take that rp situation and you factor in the fact that lotro is still the slowest leveling experience of all western mmorpgs (yes even slower than everquest 1 nowadays)…

yeah. not a good plan there.

Reader
Robert Mann

Lotro levelling isn’t all that harsh, tbh. Slower than the sped up stuff in most current MMOs, sure… but not that harsh.

Reader
2Ton Gamer

but if you’re Rping that hard to where you aren’t leveling, then why are you doing an anniversary event that would obviously take you to places you normally wouldn’t go?

Reader
Vincent Clark

How does ONE dev trying to put out the firestorm equate to the “team” emerged to address the controversy?

Reader
Desius

It doesn’t, but hyperbole makes better headlines.