Lord of the Rings Online says it has ‘a good 20 years’ of content left


Lord of the Rings Online players looking for an inside scoop are in for a treat today, as Destructoid visited Standing Stone Games’ offices and wrote up a pair of interviews talking about the game’s status and its lore. One vote of confidence for the game’s future came from LOTRO’s design team, which said the MMO has “a good 20 years here” of possible storylines and regions to explore.

Designer Ryan Penk hinted at some of the possibilities for future expansions in the game, saying, “We’d love to go to Harad (the desert region in the southern part of Middle-earth), Umbar, Núrn, Rhûn, you name it.”

When pressed about Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings MMO, Executive Producer Rob Ciccolini assured fans that LOTRO will be just fine: “Like everyone else we really don’t known anything about this new project, and everything is going great for us, and we intend on supporting the game for as long as possible, hopefully forever!”

In regards to LOTRO’s lore, the small team of expert writers say that it has to get creative to work around some of the rights limitations that are in place. “It’s basically big-picture stuff that we need to get approval for,” Chris Pierson said. “We almost never get denied. I can think one time where we were: When we were building Orthanc (the tower within Isengard), they said it was too close to the films, so we had to change that. In the end we’re our own strict critics. We want to get it right.”

A small patch, Update 25.0.2, is going live today in LOTRO with various adjustments to Minas Morgul.


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Mike Minier

I am a current long time LotRO player. I have over 800 hours in the game on Steam, and I played before that. I play the game despite it being a terrible money grab at this point. The biggest issue for me is the damn performance. The lag is shit especially mounted. It is some of the worst I’ve seen in modern times. I have a good connection and beast of a pc(8700k, 16gb ram, 2080 ti). I can’t play at anything higher than 1080p on my 4k monitor because a good portion of the UI does not under any circumstance scale above 1080p. The game needs a real dev to come in and give it some TLC. The current devs are too busy milking the money teat.

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Content is great but as others below have noted the engine and Gfx are barely passable now let alone a few years from now..

I love LOTRO but it needs an engine overhaul to make it future viable FOR SURE.and considering the scope of that would be significant to say the least I just can’t see it happening sadly.

2Ton Gamer

Yet the engine will not and barely does at times now.

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Best thing I ever did was buy the lifetime sub, got it at half price on sale as well and happy to see them thinking ahead, but if I am still playing this in 20 years I’d like to see a engine update and improved graphics, while it was one the most beautiful mmo’s in its time it is now more than a little dated in places.

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not that I regret missing it or anything

nope no regret at all



As a lifetime member since release, it is good to hear. When this game shuts down my heart will be broken, so many good memories.


20 more years with the characters from the past decade = $0 from me. LOTRO2 with new animations and graphics = at least $50 from me.

Dug From The Earth

Yeah… I don’t want 20 more years of content with such a dated engine

Rick Mills

Good to hear – my wife and I both purchased the founders lifetime sub way back when – best investment we ever made!


Even though it shows its age, I always re-visit to play it, because it has a unique fantasy feel I rarely find in games nowadays.


Hell yeah. The environments hold up really well actually. Especially if you use reshade. But nothing will match the lore and attention to detail for Middle Earth like this game.


I’d largely agree with you…except that so MUCH of the content Rohan and later was really not appealing to me. I really never liked the boaty mounted combat mechanics.
Up to that, one of the best mmo experiences ever – I’ll always treasure my memories of Moria from the breathtaking entrance to the breath of joy & relief finally climbing back out into the light.
Finally, Mordor was sort of the last straw for me. Dull, grindy as hell, and ultimately just boring.