Lord of the Rings Online turns 13 years old, gives players a self-crisping pig, and releases Mists of Wilderland

    
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What do you call a pig who’s toting a cart of active fireworks? A medieval bacon-making machine? Country celebration? Or the herald of an MMO’s 13th year of operation?

Perhaps it’s all three. Lord of the Rings Online is a legit teenager this week, celebrating 13 years since launch. This means the start of the game’s anniversary festival and another round of yearly giveaways. For 13-year accounts, the gift package includes a portrait, a mysterious celebration pig pet, and a “Baker’s Dozen” title. To get the most out of the anniversary event, check out FibroJedi’s guide.

The anniversary event coincides with the arrival of Update 26: Mists of Wilderland. This spring content update adds the Wells of Langflood zone, associated quests, and the start of the new Legacy of Durin and the Trials of the Dwarves epic storyline. The zone quest pack is free for everyone through the end of the month, after which you’ll either need to buy it in the store or be a subscriber. Update 26 is also incorporating a fix to the game engine to improve performance.

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My pig has a Gandalf hat, unlike the pig in the image. Since I consider this a sign of wisdom (in spite of its rear end being roasted by fireworks), I named mine Hen Wen. A more appropriate name for a wise pig than its out-of-the-box name of Dallben.

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Mewmew

A self crisping pig?! That’s a bit deranged, man :P

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Amorey

Happy 13th Anniversary :)

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Vincent Clark

The one liner about improvents to game performance was SSG-typical vague as can be.

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GumpsGang

It’s a patch note. As far as answering your question, that is found elsewhere. Both LOTRO and DDO started having performance issues at about the same time earlier this year. Multi things were checked over including server hardware. The culprit was finally uncovered. There was a 3rd party software update (Havok physics engine) that both games were not playing nicely with. Fixes for this were tested and are now being push out to both games as a part of today’s patches.

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Vincent Clark

LOTRO has had performance problems for years. To imply that they only started this year is disingenuous. To imply that this newly discovered physics engine issue will somehow resolve it is just…

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GumpsGang

… true to the current issue. That 64-bit client helped a lot as well. As I’ve heard before from multiple devs in multiple games, the fight against lag and performance issues is a never-ending battle. Baruk Khazad!

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Vincent Clark

Allow me to expand just a bit. Game performance has plagued this game for years. It’s the one consistent complaint that never seems to get properly addressed. So, after years of this…for them to put a vague, one line item in the patch notes is pretty sad. Worse, you have Cordovan over on the OF telling players to just play the game (when asked what, specifically, was done to improve the performance since people are STILL having the same issues).

No matter how much you love this game, you should be able to objectively step back and see that SSG needs to do more to improve the game performance. It’s 2020. This game should not run this poorly. They also need to do a better job at communicating what they are actually doing.

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Bango on Laurelin

Not sure about the pet, but some of the class changes are certainly a pigs ear…

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Stephen Montalvo

That’s what we get instead of a War-hog mount.

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Roger Edwards

What do you call a pig who’s toting a cart of active fireworks?

A lawsuit by PETA/RSPCA just waiting to happen.

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gelfred

Or just preparing lunch.