Lord of the Rings Online’s 2018 roadmap includes a huge northern expansion and seasonal instances

    
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Don’t call it a full-fledged expansion, but Lord of the Rings Online’s next content update may be nearing that level of content and focus.

Standing Stone Games Executive Producer Rob Ciccolini posted a roadmap to the community today that laid out the rest of 2018 and beyond for the Middle-earth MMO. Ciccolini said that the team will be delaying the release of Minas Morgul in order to properly flesh up the rest of North Rhovanion over the next couple of updates. This includes a huge addition to the game with the Iron Hills and Grey Mountains regions, a level cap increase to 120, another part of the Black Book of Mordor epic storyline, an instance cluster, and a new raid.

LOTRO’s team will also take a “holistic view” of class balance over the next year as adjustments and improvements are worked into the game. Other projects include the ability to show sheathed musical instruments and brand-new seasonal instances. The first two of these instances are coming with the summer festival, including a Thrang fight and a “Perfect Picnic” challenge.

Ciccolini also teased Bingo Boffin instances for the fall festival and “several significant initiatives” that are still in the works.

Source: LOTRO. Thanks GumpsGang!
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strangesands

I’d pay for a 64-bit client, a graphics update and a door into the post-Sauron age.

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Bango on Laurelin

“…a level cap increase to 120…”

SSG’s got to keep people buying those lootbox keys I guess.

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Viktor Budusov

Haters, haters never change. I’m playing nearly every day and never bought a key.

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Bango on Laurelin

I guess if you stick your head in the sand long enough then I can see how you might become so naive.

And for the record, I’ve been playing lotro since May 07.

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Apridise

Wish they would revamp their lfg tool so more people would be inclined to use it, they keep adding to the game but there are parts of the game that many new players never see.

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Bango on Laurelin

I used to have this opinion, but nowadays I’m of the view that the current method of using /world and /lff to find pugs the old fashioned route is actually the best for this game. Not only does it keep the sense of community going but it also ensures that players behave themselves.

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Apridise

Revamping the tool would still allow this, the only downside is more people who don’t run dungeons would be more involved that might be more unruly.

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David Harrison

If I wasn’t such an Everquest addict, I would totally be playing this game. In fact, if Everquest ever goes the way of the do-do bird, Lord of the Rings Online will become my go to MMO.

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Bango on Laurelin

Given how Daybreak owns then both, the chances are they’ll both be turned off at exactly the same time.

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Viktor Budusov

Daybreak doesn’t own Lotro.

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Bango on Laurelin

You’d better sit down, and get yourself a stiff drink…

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Sashaa

I want to believe.

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Ceres Outpost

Just rejoined the game – been off and on for 11 years now. With all the “new” garbage in the MMORPG field right now, this is the best game out there in my opinion.

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Bruno Brito

That’s quite a harsh way of putting it.

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Paul

Harsh, maybe – but true if you don’t care for open pvp gankboxes

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aYates

As a new “older” player. I’m glad to see they’re still adding new content ‘n polish.

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Tobasco da Gama

Dwarves, ho!

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Vincent Clark

First off, it’s not an expansion. It’s a major patch update. And 80 quests is hardly “huge”. C’mon, Justin…I know you adore this game, but…I guess we’ll just put this into the “click bait” category :) P.S. It worked.

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Sushi Maru

Thats huge in my book. What MMO has this level of content in only a “minor” update??

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Vincent Clark

While it’ s not a minor update (actually, it’s probably the last major update the game will have this year) it is neither “huge” or an “expansion”–both of which the title and content of the article implies. That was my point.

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Viktor Budusov

Huge landscape i guess.