Lord of the Rings Online hypes up dragons, 64-bit client, and Minas Morgul

    
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Last week’s GenCon in Indy turned out to be a surprising source of information for fans of Standing Stone Games. First we found out that DDO is working on a Sharn expansion, and now we have received even more information on Lord of the Rings Online’s future projects.

The next big patch for the game is the Grey Mountains update, which MMO Central reports will be “more instance-heavy” than usual. The dev team also talked about making some cool dragons, Minas Morgul, and “eventually” the region of Harad.

“The other thing I like about Grey Mountains, it really talks about Dwarven lore,” said Executive Producer Rob Ciccolini, “so it’s a big area for Dwarves, you see bits and pieces of ancient sort of dwarf architecture there which is kind of interesting because he haven’t done as much of that since Mines of Moria.”

Other topics included female Dwarves (they might be coming — or might not!), progress on the 64-bit client (“We’re all eager to have a 64-bit client,” Ciccolini said), and a class balance pass on Beornings and Burglars following the Grey Mountains update. Also, a legendary item revamp is on the drawing board, although SSG said that is “harder” to do this without invalidating player effort put into LIs to date.

Source: MMO Central
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Mick the Barbarian

But when will they introduce 2FA?

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Purewitz

Best thing LotRO could do for itself is make all expansions free, except for Mordor. Mordor is still too new to be free. They do need to make money after all, but to get new players. They do need to offer the older content for free. Or maybe just a one purchase of say $30 to get all expansions.

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Alex Js.

Reading that they have a single engineer who is “finally back to working on 64-bit client” (without mentioning any other people who might also be working on it… if there are any) doesn’t give me much confidence in the potential benefits of that new client (which will most likely come after a year or more). And besides, this game NEEDS much more than new client – it needs complete graphics overhaul, including the in-game GUI, all of which look extremely dated now and (in case of graphical fidelity of current engine) doesn’t do proper justice to the beautiful world of Middle Earth.

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Crowe

One engineer? Yeah, that’s not going anywhere fast. It’s got a better UI than DDO but the 64-bit client would be just the first step towards bringing LOTRO to the modern age.

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Chris Moran

What’s “class balance pass on Beornings and Burglars” mean? Admittedly, I’ve been 95% burglar for 11 years and combat-wise, I get thrashed in Mordor… just wondering.

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Sevenwinds

What line in Burglar are you using?

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Chris Moran

I was red (Quiet Knife) for ever, then switched to blue (Gambler) in Mordor because of the mobs. I prefer the sneaking, as I primarily solo. I still feel new at it, admittedly. I only play once a week for about 3-4 hours and I’ve not gotten all the skills and stacking down to a science, but I’ve never been a min/max player.

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April-Rain

64bit client sound promising, but this has being going on for so long I will believe it when i see it

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firelily

Everything good news. I really, really hope they bring about the female dwarves.

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Koshelkin

There’s this joke in Pratchett novels that male and female both prefer to wear beards and chainmail and thus no one can tell them apart.

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Koshelkin

P.S.: Picture that, the same is true for Tolkien’s world. There have always been dwarf women in Lotro, we just didn’t know.

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Weilan

I’ve seen depictions of female dwarves with beards, it’s hard to stomach.

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Lucky Jinx

By today’s LGBT trend, Gimli was a transgender dwarf, who just didn’t have the proper herb at disposal yet to get rid of his beard. #sosad

It’s a bit dumb to even play around with the idea of female dwarves, but okay.. if they have the resources then do it. I do love this game as I love pretty much everything Middle-earth related so… anything new is good to me.

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styopa

“female Dwarves (they might be coming — or might not!)”
depends if you brought them diamonds.

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Matthew Yetter

I always loved this game and it still has a soft spot in my heart despite the fact that I hardly ever log in. The reason for my lack of play has been the terrible performance. Once they release the 64-bit client I will most certainly be back to see if it brings the expected improvements to make the game fun again.

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starbuck1771

I knew they would eventually break. Their claim from the start was there would only be one Dragon. What’s next playable wizards? ?