Middle-earth Enterprises reassures Lord of the Rings Online fans that the original MMO will be fine

    
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Trot along.

The announcement of a new title set in Middle-earth made Lord of the Rings Online players anxious, and while Standing Stone Games was quick to state that this would not affect the title we can understand players finding that less than comforting. After all, what else could the company say? It’s easy to get carried away in a conspiracy theory where the world is secretly ending but they won’t tell us, this conspiracy goes straight to the top.

You can stop that now, though. Not just because it isn’t true, but because a fan already directly emailed Middle-earth Enterprises on the matter and got a response. The fan was told in no uncertain terms that the company is happy with LOTRO as a game and experience, and there’s no intention to supplant it with the new game. Both can coexist in the same space.

Middle-earth Enterprises, formerly Tolkien Enterprises, is the company responsible for licensing the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, which means that they are the people who get the final word on these matters. So your conspiracy theories appear to be invalid… which, let’s face it, is more of a relief than anything.

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Tuor of Gondolin

I wouldn’t believe M-e Enterprises if they told me the sky were blue. They’ll always go with whatever makes them the most money.

But, maybe they’ll surprise me and prove me wrong. I guess we’ll see.

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Ironwu

Thing to understand about ME is that they have no investment in LOTRO. They just sit back and rake in the license fee. While they could pull the license, as long as there is no better option, why would they?

SSG I don’t know about. I suspect the game is making money for them. They are certainly not investing any of it in infrastructure as the game still runs like a dog. As long as it is on the positive side of the balance sheet, and they have nothing to replace it that needs the resources, why would they shut it down?

So, LOTRO will probably continue. Never growing, continuing to lose players as time goes on. Until it is no longer profitable for one of these two partners. Then, it will take ship from the Grey Havens and head to the West.

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John Artemus

There is a bevy of history in Middle-earth. It’d be cool to see a game set thousands of years before the Lord of the Rings era. Like, back in the First Age or something.

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firelily

A-ha! Now we won’t get any more of those doom and gloom threads about the license at the forums! (lol)

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Bruno Brito

I’ll say the same i said about EVE and PA: “It’ll be fine until the company realizes they want a bit more out of the game. So they’ll tamper with it. Since they don’t fully connect with the game and their players, they’ll fuck with it. And after fucking with it, they’ll half-assedly try to fix it. Then they’ll give up and shut it down”.

I don’t think they can actually fuck LOTRO tho, because it’s a good game already screwed by a really weird monetization. So, i hope this is a “we can only go up from here” and their design changes are mostly monetization-related.

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Amorey

It is way too early to make any prediction on the new game and also on LOTRO. We know almost nothing about the new project so I would say it is also too early to worry unnecessarily. SSG was unusually quick in their reassurances to the community, and we must take their words for it.

I would like to know who was the person at Middle-Earth Enterprises that wrote that reply, there is no signature. Also that ‘See you in Middle-earth’ is a bit odd at the end O.o

Middle-Earth Enterprises was very quick in their reassurances, but their site has not been updated in a long time, it still shows copyright credits @2017 maybe they will read these comments and update 😉

http://www.middleearth.com/

Is there a place for 2 MMOs set in Middle-earth ? Yes I think so, why not.

Will LOTRO be affected by the new game ? Well yes, of course, but to what extent it is too early to say.

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Vincent Clark

The entire ME website looks a bit…basic?

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Amorey

Yes it does. Looks like they are not really keeping it up to date, but I would not read too much into that. They get the money from licenses anyway

Although it is a bit odd , with all the renew interest around Tolkien and Middle-earth, and also considering the new Amazon production in the work , I really cannot understand why they are not making their online presence a bit more relevant.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Curious as to why you think they would need to. They have no interaction with the public. They do not sell anything through their website. It’s just a gateway to their licensing protocol. In other words, their would-be partners are coming to them. They don’t need to shop their IP around.

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Amorey

Just good business practice in a world where everybody is online . As you said that is the first port of call for anyone wanting to use the IP they own. Also in the past they were quite good at keeping the page updated, but you are quite right, at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter.

Athlon Games have updated their own page last week though, not really a huge development but at least it shows that something is definitely happening ;)

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Bango on Laurelin

Of course MEE are happy – why have one licence arrangement for an mmo brining in money when you can have two.

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Michael18

If MEE were anything like EA/LucasArts, then LOTRO would already have been shut down ages ago.

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Vincent Clark

Humans are too easily fooled. In the end, we all believe what we want to believe.

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Jack Pipsam

I would be awesome if MEE unlike LucasArts, is really chill with different games at once.