Lord of the Rings Online takes a step forward in lockbox transparency

    
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But now, it's more money.
Ever since Standing Stone Games started ramping up the prominence of Lord of the Rings Online’s lockboxes following last year’s Mordor expansion, the microtransactions have proved to be extremely controversial and divisive in the community.

And while LOTRO isn’t going to be ditching lockboxes any time soon, SSG is working on being more transparent about the system. On April 25th’s livestream, CM Jerry Snook answered a player concern about the topic.

“I have been working on a page in recent days that’s going to provide more transparency on both Hobbit presents and the seal-bound Gorgoroth lootboxes,” he said. “It’s going to talk about what you can get from these things, what’s considered rare, what’s considered common, what’s super-rare.”

Snook said that the page will come out in the next couple of weeks after it has been localized.

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Jack Pipsam

I’m still salty they wouldn’t give the advertised expansion race with the expansion unless you paid double. So it wouldn’t shock me if SSG was shady with lootboxes.

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teppic

Unless they define what those term means in percentage figures it’s pretty meaningless. They should go all the way and give the precise figures for every item in every box.

Or better, just get rid of them and make VIP more attractive so people will use that instead of relying on these crappy expoitative things and be different from most f2p MMOs.

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Witches

Crappier games but with better lockboxes, got it.

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Cosmic Cleric

what’s considered rare, what’s considered common, what’s super-rare.

Percentages, please.

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Darthbawl

“Lockbox transparency, ” the new oxymoron.

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Tobasco da Gama

This is really the bare minimum of what companies should be doing when they put lootboxes in their games.

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Schmidt.Capela

The bare minimum I would expect is the exact chance of getting every item, which is what is required of actual gambling; anything less and you are going for a more exploitative business model than even actual (legal) gambling.