Lord of the Rings Online devs tease an ‘ambitious’ year ahead

    
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Strap yourself in to the ride that is Lord of the Rings Online, because 2019 is only getting started with this MMO. In the 12th anniversary livestream, the developers teased a lot of content and details coming up, saying that there are “ambitious” plans in the works that resulted in lesser anniversary offerings this time around.

Some other notable tidbits and teases from the stream include the confirmation of a Minas Morgul expansion raid, several paths from the current game world to the upcoming Vales of Anduin, and additional confirmation about the upcoming Rohan housing. In addition, the 64-bit client is wrapping up its early test server run and should be moving to the public test realm (Bullroarer) within a couple of weeks.

Over on the community side, Twitch streamer Druidsfire hosted a tour of the best LOTRO community houses (and yes, believe it or not, players actually do some cool things with housing in this game). “There was huuuuuuge interest in people showing off their houses on the stream, and there have been some amazingly creative houses on display,” Druidsfire posted.

Source: LOTRO forums

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George Jensen

A big fan of lotr (obviously, who isn’t?). Huge. Played the mmo for a few tens of hours over a year ago but didn’t have enough time so I quit. How is it fairing? Is it a good time to start?

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Akagi

I’m looking to buy LOTRO, but I don’t know exactly what since the whole purchasing thing seems a little messy and confusing.

I also hear that the lifetime package isn’t available anymore.

Can someone run me through the most essential things that I need to buy?

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Melissa McDonald

Start with a free account. Then purchase “Zones” when you get to one that doesn’t give quests to free accounts. You can go from the Shire to the Trollshaws (Rivendell zone) on a free account I believe before having to buy anything. And watch for sales. Sometimes they bundle expansions for a discounted price.

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Akagi

Thanks.

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Glen

Lotro easily has the best gaming world and story telling.

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Melissa McDonald

A new level cap would please me. I’m 119 and closing on 120. After that it’s going to just be about “experiences” than anything else I guess.

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Yuge McBigly

I hope they fix the new Mac client soon though. Mainly I play on PC but I like to squeeze out an hour or so on my lunch breaks and I have a MacBook Pro for such things. The new Wine based Mac client is so much worse performance wise than the old native client.

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Melissa McDonald

i use bootcamp and run Win7 in that instead of a VM. I get at least 10FPS better just using Windows than MacOS.

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Yuge McBigly

The most annoying thing, as it is just a wrapper basically, is having to use windows hotkeys instead of Mac hotkeys. A minor annoyance but still annoying. Having the LOTRO store back in game instead of a browser is a bonus. I do agree that they probably would have dropped Mac support otherwise.

I am not going to bother installing boot camp just for one app that I use rarely.

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Tobasco da Gama

Yeah, an emulation-based client was bound to have worse performance. Based on some of the interviews they gave, where they talked about the WINE client being easier to maintain because it’s basically the same code as the Windows client, I assume that it was down to either this or ending Mac support entirely.

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Ironwu

I will certainly re-sub for at least a month in order to try out the new 64 bit client. Primarily to see if the performance issues have been resolved. If not? Well, it will just be a 1 month sub then.

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Terry Shull

SO looking forward to Rohan housing!! And the 64-bit client. Can’t come soon enough IMO. <3