When Lord of the Rings Online announced its new progression server plan earlier this week, the LOTRO community immediately went into a state of puzzlement. See, the server does have that progression style popular with other Daybreak titles; it’ll begin with that launch-content experience and roll out the other expansions and zones as it goes. The catch is that it’s keeping all of the classes and traits and mechanics changes from the current game. If you were hoping for a less-bloated gameplay setup on the Legendary server, you aren’t getting that. You’re basically getting the current game, on a fresh subscription server, with all the players herded into a specific level-band.whom, exactly, the new server is for. As Andang put it, it seems as if SSG is simply putting up a clean server for existing players wanting a new alt experience, rather than catering to fans hoping for a burst of classic nostalgia play.
Personally, I’d have been much more interested in a story-centric type of server with accelerated progression so I could take my kid along through the entire game story without needing to stop to grind or dungeon for experience and gear along the way, maybe more akin to the way SWTOR plays right now.
How about you – is it for you? Does it appeal to you at all? Are you planning to give LOTRO’s new progression server a try?