LOTRO to reveal Mordor expansion and start beta testing this week

    
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By the week’s end, Lord of the Rings Online players should know a lot more about the game’s coming Mordor expansion — and even have an opportunity to play it.

In an interview yesterday with Dadi’s LOTRO Guides, CM Jerry “Cordovan” Snook said that the team is preparing a big reveal today for the expansion that should include the name and some key details. Additionally, the first beta preview is set to go live on the Bullroarer test server by this weekend. This test won’t be the full expansion, as the team wants to hold back the epic story and some other major content as to not spoil surprises.

Snook confirmed that there will be a level cap increase with Mordor (although he wouldn’t say what it is) and that the virtue cap will increase by one. The expansion is still on track for release in late summer 2017, with a follow-up patch that will add in group content (such as the new raid).

Another topic discussed during the interview was LOTRO’s constant lag issues. The team is working on the underlying problems and has prepared some additional graphics options that will allow players to fine-tune their performance in an upcoming patch.

A 64-bit client is being worked on by the team, although no promises were made about a time frame or its even coming to the light.

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GumpsGang

I usually don’t bother, but I’m going to have to download the Bullroarer client this time. Can’t wait!

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Paragon Lost

They need to bring on a team who can work on that server tech and another team to work on overhauling the engine so it makes use of multi core cpus and 64 bit. (mutter) Maybe even invest in decent server hardware to handle some of the load. I know, I’m just dreaming now.

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GumpsGang

You likely already know this, but for now, go into the options to adjust settings when you are having issues. You can reduce client-side lag in busy areas. I’m going to ask them how the hunt for stacking effects issues is going.

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Dug From The Earth

Still square dwarf beards? Looks like mine will stay in his house, drinking.

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MesaSage

Lag? What Lag? The correct term is “de-enhanced user experience.”

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Melissa McDonald

Awesome. a 64-bit client sounds good to me. It’s high time.
Definitely want/need to hear about new character models.

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Tobasco da Gama

I’ve got, like, a nickel on “Lord of the Rings Online: Shadow of War” as a title. I mean, come on, that’d be pretty funny.

“Dawn of the Fourth Age” sounds too Secret Worldy, but you never know.

“Mount Doom” and “Land of Shadow” are book chapter titles that would also work pretty well as an expansion name.

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Tobasco da Gama

Hah. Right after I post that, their YouTube goes live with “Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor”. The new logo is pretty badass, too. The gold filigree of the standard LOTRO logo has been replaced by the Towers of the Teeth.

(So far, there’s nobody from SSG on to say anything, but there’s new music playing, presumably new stuff Chance Thomas wrote for the expansion. And it’s… well, it’s Chance Thomas LOTRO music. By which I mean: holy shit.)

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Bryan Turner

Any info regarding new character models.

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Tobasco da Gama

Dadi didn’t ask any questions about them, so I don’t think there will be any new info in the interview.

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Paragon Lost

While I’d like to see new character models, it’s way down my list for game improvements to make the game more playable.

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CthulhuDawg

I’ve always wanted to delve into this game. As a kid my Dad read me The Hobbit and Trilogy as bedtime stories, they hold a really dear place in my heart. Alas too late and too many xpacs. Though I know they go on ultra mega sale from time to time, I’ll have to keep an eye out to see if they do that for Mordor. I could see catching up taking awhile as I would want to fully explore everything, just in time for a Mordor sale perhaps? :D

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Dividion

If you’re that big a fan you should definitely check it out. The story and world in the game is a better representation of the books than the Peter Jackson movies were, though they did of course make some concessions because it’s a game.

Also remember that it’s Free to Play, so you don’t even need to wait for the sale to check it out.