Lord of the Rings Online team works on future ‘far-flung adventures’

    
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Having some issues with Lord of the Rings Online Update 22? A small patch released on Wednesday may have cleared it up. The small patch contains a couple of dozen fixes to various quests, systems, and NPCs that came with the Northern Mirkwood expansion.

Destructoid recently touched base with Lead Designer Ben Schneider, who discussed the current Northern Mirkwood update and the future direction of the game. Schneider said that the team is bursting with ideas for where LOTRO can go from here.

“We will continue to fill and illuminate the map with those far-flung adventures, and the great news is that there is plenty of map,” he said. “Following up, people tend to skip ahead to the Scouring the Shire after the fall of Sauron. But there’s a lot more to explore — from Arwen and Aragorn having a wedding to the reign of Aragorn, new king of Gondor.”

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Mick the Barbarian

Oh for a massive overhaul to make the entire Middle Earth open world ….. all of it.

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Randy Savage

How about some class re-balancing?

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BalsBigBrother

Um genuinely interested what do you think need balancing class wise in Lotro unless you mean in PvMP?

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Vincent Clark

I’m genuinely interested if you actually play the game currently with that question.

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BalsBigBrother

IMO, every class has viable builds that will get you through the game content one way or another. Sure some might be harder than others in some situations some might be quicker but they will all get you through the content eventually.

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Vincent Clark

I would respectfully disagree. Especially the “every” class part. Some classes and specific builds haven’t seen an update in years, and it’s not because they don’t need it…SSG simply lacks the resources to give the classes the proper attention they deserve. That’s the reality. Better to accept that, than pretend the builds are anywhere close to being equally viable.

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BalsBigBrother

Please note I didn’t say they were equally viable.

You may have missed the bit were I said

Sure some might be harder than others in some situations some might be quicker

. That I do not dispute.

I still stand by my statement that all classes have a build that will get you through the content eventually.

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serariron

If you mean solo content, yes, every class has one. Group content, your statement is not true, though.

Best example is the Beorning. Unless you have some friends to boost you you won’t get into any group content with it because groups simply won’t take you.

I mean, even the devs themselves have stated in a producer letter or what ever the beorning is in dire need of fixes.

Thankfully though, class balancing has been announced and it will roll out to every class over this year.

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BalsBigBrother

The Beorning has some well know issues since it was released which I hope will be fixed eventually.

That said I have seen on two streams a Beorning healing a run and tanking a different run of Court of Sergost , admittedly it was only a T1 but they did it. (I should go back and find the streamer to see if they ever tried t2 as I know they were talking about it.)

While it did require some changes in how that is usually run and was maybe a tad slower it was still doable to completion by them.

That is not a balance issue that is folks with blinkered thinking so that they believe there is only one way to run something and being unwilling to try other options even if they work. While it is true there is always an optimal way that doesn’t preclude there being other ways to do something either :-)

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Vincent Clark

I didn’t miss anything, I assumed you weren’t being serious. Can you imagine the tag line: “LOTRO 2018, the classes aren’t balanced, but regardless of which one you pick, you’ll get through the content…eventually” No offense, but that is laughable.

Look, if someone were to come here and say that SSG does a horrible job at world building I would join you and a chorus of others defending the team for what is clearly an obvious strength. But to defend something which is a glaring weakness seems silly to me. And as others have pointed out, SSG has come forward and admitted that class balance needs to happen and that some classes are–essentially–a hot mess.

/shrug.

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BalsBigBrother

I am offering my opinion and explaining why I think as I do. I am not asking you to agree with me /shrug.

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serariron

It has been announced by the devs. Class balancing will roll out this year with the goal of every DPS being on the level of blue hunter and red RK.

I believe that this is doable but what I am interested in is how they make the other healer + tank specs viable because Lotro has multiple classes that can heal and tank, yet, if you want to go to the latest endgame min + guardian it basically always is.

So hopefully they will take their time and do something about that.

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Randy Savage

As someone who mains a DPS Guardian, I completely agree. The meta is completely fooked like a Took. Guardians are expected to tank. And only the blue line is good for it. The yellow line that lets you tank with a 2hander is not viable. And similar problems affect the other classes. Only a fraction of the trait lines in the game are competent enough to bring into T1 raids, let alone T2.

And they’ve been taking their time.. their good ole slow time. Most of these glaring imbalances have existed for years beyond count. They’ve only been brought back into prominence now that they’ve been developing group content again. Granted, it’s a good problem to have but one that they can’t wait much longer to start addressing or at the very least start communicating more about their ideas on the subject.

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Tobasco da Gama

Not saying it’s Rhun, buuuuuuuutttttt…