Get a preview of Lord of the Rings Online’s new Update 24 features

    
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It may have escaped your attention (you had your face buried in pie, after all), but Lord of the Rings Online is currently testing its next major content update. And with that testing comes all sorts of player previews, such as a trio of videos that YouTuber Bludborn posted about some of the most important features coming with Update 24.

These videos touch on the expanded instance finder that will offer many more options than the current incarnation, the long-awaited 64-bit client, and the revised virtue system that the dev team teased earlier this year. He notes that while the 64-bit client doesn’t solve every issue that players have seen, it still is leaps and bounds better than the current 32-bit version.

As for the live game, the team pushed out a small patch yesterday — Update 23.6 — with some small changes to lockboxes and the ability to run Tier 2 difficulty on Halls of Night and Inn of the Forsaken once more.

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Castagere Shaikura

If this game got rid of the quest packs I would be all over it. Buying all the expansions should be enough.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I’m VIP, so I’m not up on how F2P works. Are you saying that when you buy an expansion, you don’t get the quests that go with it?

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Giggilybits

I bought the latest expansion and It seems all I got were the Main quests but a lot of other quests you have to buy the corresponding quest packs for that zone. Honestly I bought it just for the level 105 because levelling in LOTRO is HAF.

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Castagere Shaikura

I bought all the expansions around 3 years ago. I can’t remember at the time which one the last one was. But they force you to pay for quest packs for zones you are sent to quest in. This is a rip off if you are not already high level. The expansions never cover those early leveling zones.

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Michael18

Not watching the videos because going back to LOTRO after a few months away and trying out all the new stuff myself is one of my favorite events in computer gaming, these days.

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mosselyn

I feel like the class selection on the instance finder is going to get tedious. It’s OK that they have that ability, but I would also like to be able to specify, say, “tank” and “dps”. The inability to be clear about the roles you need is a problem.

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partiesplayin

I keep waiting for the announcement there going to upgrade to a new graphics engine from this decade. I like the IP but I can’t play the game sadly, the graphics quality it just too pour for me to enjoy. But that’s just my opinion.

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XK

I would be shocked if that ever happened. Graphic engine overhauls / swaps are both incredibly expensive and labor intensive, and the team is not rolling in money by any means.

I also think the landscape in particular still holds up really well, performance issues aside–and I’m hoping the 64bit change helps a bit with those. The character models (even post cosmetic revamp) are not great, admittedly.

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Legend Of Vinny T

Then again, if they did have bigger changes in mind, it probably required a 64-bit client as a prerequisite as the 32-bit client was already banging off the ceiling. Based on the video in the article, it sounds like LOTRO’s engine was both system RAM and VRAM-constrained, but they’ve only really been able to leverage more VRAM in this first release. I’m looking forward to seeing how SSG might use more system RAM in future updates.

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XK

Oh totally. As you pointed out, having gone 64bit with the client, they may now have some leeway in terms of tweaking/improving their existing engine, and I hope they do.

But that’s a long way from creating a new engine and/or switching engines and redoing their assets which is what I took the OP to be asking for.

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Michael18

I hope one motivation for the 64bit client was larger zones / fewer load screens between zones. With recent updates we saw more zones that could only be reached via a teleport/load screen and I’d be glad if this could be improved.

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Nick // Genghis

I would say just wait and hold out to get your LOTR fix from the upcoming MMO/RPG/whateverthehellitwillbe that will likely coincide from the release of the Second Age-based Amazon show. If it has a similar scope to this and/or maybe more of a Division or War in The North vibe, I think that game will do gangbusters.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Probably a shooter of some type is all anyone can reasonably expect. I doubt any MMO made in today’s atmosphere can really compete with the depth of the older MMOs. Not only do they lack QoL aspects that were standard in the older games, but the monetization is not going to go over well with those people who are going to be interested in The Second Age–LOTR fans.

In short, it would have to be a very high quality game of the sort most definitely not being made today to pry LOTRO players away.