Lord of the Rings Online starts Minas Morgul pre-orders, rolls out Stout-Axe Dwarves

    
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What we know for certain: Lord of the Rings Online is pushing out Update 24.3 today, and that single decimal point usually indicates some measure of new content. According to the patch notes, players should expect to see stat-adjusted Isengard gear, new bumblebee and pig pets, and a fun option for fashion warriors.

“Three new inventory slots have been added to the character panel,” Standing Stone Games said. “These slots will accept new cosmetic weapon aura items which can also be equipped cosmetically through the outfit system.” Neat!

Along with the patch, SSG started selling pre-orders for Minas Morgul, the next expansion for the game. According to the fine print, Minas Morgul is expected to launch on October 29th, although SSG is giving itself leeway to delay it as long as “November 31st” (we assume they mean 30th). One of the pre-order bonuses is, you guessed it, an immediate unlock of the Stout-Axe Dwarf race. Curious about what this race has to offer? Blog Contains Moderate Peril has a preview of this Dwarf variant.

The expansion will raise the level cap to 130, add the Morgul Vale and Mordor Besieged regions, include over 250 more quests, toss in a set of Shelob-themed instances, and push deeper into the Black Book of Mordor epic story.

Minas Morgul will take you on an expedition deep into the Morgul Vale in search of answers to a mystery that spans three thousand years,” SSG said. “The words of the shade of Isildur will unearth secrets and visions of the Second Age that have remained untold until now, revealing playable landscape and new adventures from a crucial time in Middle-earth’s history.”

Source: Patch notes
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teppic

The game seems to rely on fans who’ll just keep throwing money at the company regardless. As a new player, if you bought the base edition, you’d need to buy 6 expansions on top as well as loads of quest packs, costing you well over $200. So you’d end up having to get the $80 version with a level boost, and still not have any content for alts.

Compare this with every MMO on the market. It’s simply ridiculous.

The expansion is really a couple of quest packs and some instances bundled. There are no major changes at all. Again compare to other MMOs, where an expansion means something more than a content update with reused assets – new gameplay systems, a new end game system, huge balance changes, etc.

While the game has some great old content, it’s a shame it’s now just become a slow dribble of content updates with high prices.

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For those who might want to purchase using Lotro points (e.g. lifetimers who, like me, have amassed more points than know how to spend), the FAQ says that will be possible in March 2020.

From the FAQ:
CAN I PURCHASE THE EXPANSION WITH LOTRO POINTS?
The Minas Morgul expansion will be available for Store Points in March 2020 and will be priced as follows:

Base Edition (includes the Minas Morgul Region & Instances only): 2495 Points
Stout-axe Dwarf: 1000 Points

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Jack Pipsam

It’s awesome they’re including the race this time around.

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GumpsGang

Good timing on this. I’ll just be finishing up with the DDO Hardcore Leauge before the LOTRO expansion launch.

Good on SSG listening to player feedback from the prior expansion. This time they included the new race in the basic $40 expansion cost rather than a level boost many player don’t need.

Almost time to dust off ye ‘ol Warden for a new call to arms.

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Tanek

November 31st, eh?

Are they setting up a loophole just in case. :)

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Vincent Clark

Those prices are…well, it’s SSG and Daybreak so I’m not surprised.

Yikes.

Can’t wait to see the launch trailer. <—Sarcasm

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Pepperzine

I always want to get into LotRO, and the release of these dwarves remind me of that. My main problem anytime I go to play is how date the graphics are. Does anyone know of any addons/mods that overhaul the graphics clientside?

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Tanek

As someone said on the LOTRO forums, the Stout-axe Dwarves have just recently been added to Bullroarer, so it would be strange for them to go live in the game so quickly and with no fanfare other than a minor patch note.

Stranger things have certainly happened, but I am putting my guess at a mistake when copying notes over from test changes.