Lord of the Rings Online producer’s letter confirms seventh expansion

    
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The 2019 producer’s letter is here for Lord of the Rings Online, and Hobbits and Big Folk alike have plenty to celebrate as they look to the future of this long-running MMORPG.

For starters, there’s another expansion on the way, although SSG isn’t naming or dating it quite yet. The expansion will come after Vale of Anduin and Minas Morgul content updates and will feature instances with adjustable difficulty for players seeking additional challenge.

Another delightful surprise is a major overhaul to the virtue and deed system: “Rather than the current system where deeds reward virtue points directly, we will shift to a system where completing deeds (and possibly other content) will award virtue experience points. Players will be able to choose which virtue advances, whether that virtue is slotted or not. Characters with existing virtue ranks will be converted to the new system with their virtue level intact. Additionally, all virtues will provide small passive benefits to your character, even if they are not slotted.”

Standing Stone Games said that LOTRO’s long-awaited 64-bit client will start testing as early as next month and that a major overhaul to the crafting system is on the way. Tack on more kinship rewards and a group finder improvement, and 2019 is aiming to be a memorable one in Middle-earth.

Source: LOTRO
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I will be back in game as soon as the 64bit client lands, I have to admit I’m missing lotro but can not face the poor performance and stutter.

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Roger Melly

I wonder if it will be Harad . It seems the logical place to expand to because in Tolkien’s lore after the fall of Sauron there were extensive battles Haradrim .

Anyway I will look forward to see how the story progresses but it might be awhile before I get there given I am enjoying the progression servers so much .

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2Ton Gamer

On the surface this seems like some good stuff, but that crafting revamp sounds like it;s just covering the higher tiered stuff which to me is not a true revamp and sucks because LOTRO’s higher tiered stuff is pretty much the worst part of the game. I love this game, but I only love the earlier stuff up to Gondor. After that it kind of falls apart and is just not as fun.

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The virtue system revamp sounds like a good idea, at least in abstract. I am not convinced the game needs 4 tiers of dungeon difficulty. That seems plain silly.

Pretty bummed not to see any mention of a revamp or catchup mechansim for imbued LIs. I guess I can continue to deceive myself that it might come in one of the incremental updates.

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PanagiotisLial1

Nice news over there, I am being very tempted to retry it

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Vincent Clark

The less said about this letter (and the importance some people place on it) the better. There are some glaring omissions and huge misfires (T4 and T5 instances??) But, I guess when you are starving, any old scrap will do…

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Jiminy Smegit

Nice to see an old MMO that isn’t just in maintenance mode. Hoping the 64 bit client might fix a long running issue I have had with the games old code fighting with my network card to produce game stuttering sound issues.

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2Ton Gamer

When the 64bit system is in place, I will go straight to Minas Tirith and if I crash there I’ll know this was for naught. If it does not crash or if I can go Bree and leave numerous times without a crash, I will believe the hype. :)

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Tobasco da Gama

Oh, that Virtue overhaul is a long time coming. Very nice.

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Paragon Lost

Looking forward to the 64 bit client and the crafting update/overall in particular. :)

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Fred Douglas

The amount of content LOTRO puts out is legitimately impressive. It’s not all that great, has become fairly standard, but still, they’re putting it out. SWTOR can hardly scratch together a 30 minute quest line every 6 months.