LOTRO’s next ‘mini-expansion’ content update includes boar mounts and a $100 edition

    
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LOTRO’s next ‘mini-expansion’ content update includes boar mounts and a $100 edition

We already knew that Lord of the Rings Online is working on a Gundabad expansion for 2021, but before that arrives, there’s a big fall update on the way. However, if you were expecting to get this for free, you may want to brace yourself: This update is being branded as a “mini-expansion” that will cost between $20 and $100, depending on which edition you wish to purchase.

On Friday’s developer livestream, Standing Stone Games announced that the Update 28: War of the Three Peaks beta is starting up next week. When it releases, it will carry a price tag of $20 for the base edition, $60 for the collector’s edition, and $100 for the ultimate edition. No further information was given as to what the more expensive editions contain.

Weirdly enough for a non-expansion content release, players will not be able to buy it right away for LOTRO Points but will have to wait until an unspecified date in the future when that option becomes available.

One interesting feature that’s coming with Update 28? Boar mounts. For a game with a rather limited range of mounts (in summary: lots of horses with a few goats and elk sprinkled in), this is a significant development. The pack comes with quests, two raids, and 80 or so “missions” that can be tackled solo or in a duo.

You can watch the teaser trailer below:

Source: LOTRO

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Bango on Laurelin

I’m not buying it – quite simply because it clashes with Shadowlands and that will be my gaming priority until past January. After that I will get it with free LP.

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Roger Melly

I’ll wait and get it with lotro points. Been wanting boar mounts for years. Might be time to dust off my Dwarf minstrel alt.

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Jack Pipsam

I understand with their studio situation they might not able to give away updates for free so easily, but after all the login issues they’ve been having this does seem rather cheeky at the prices they’re asking for.

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MilitiaMasterV

The biggest thing holding me back from even coming back to LOTRO is the deluge of information you have to re-learn if you want to play again. I logged in to put that ‘free quests’ thing in, and spent like 2 days just re-reading traits/virtues even…and when you have a whole server of toons, that itself can be monumental. I even went to just make a new character and re-learn basics…but then sitting there with the slow crawl from Gandalf reminded me of why I left (so many reasons).

The fact that they haven’t made stuff ‘account wide’ being one reason…I earned a white peacock last time I was around on one of my characters….but it character-binds them…so all of my other characters didn’t get the benefit of having a little pet running around behind them…and then I saw the massive thing showing you literally every pet/mount you can earn…and realized I didn’t want to even invest the effort to earn it once, much less multiple times for numerous characters….because that’s time from my life I’ll never get back…and they don’t value your time enough to make it so you’ve earned it on every character once you earn it…

It’s not even the server issues they apparently have been having…because I’ve not been playing it…I’ve been on ESO.

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Michael18

I wonder where all the negativity comes from.

All I can say is that from March to May / early June this year I leisurely quested through the 3 most recent updates and the latest expansion and I had a great time. Wonderful zones and interesting stories! LOTRO isn’t perfect but if you can simply accept the rough edges it is a lovable game and world.

Btw: I received those 3 updates + 1 expac FOR FREE (the covid-19 special offer). So I certainly won’t complain about $20 for the next update.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Everyone agrees that was a great move. Many people came back to LOTRO and DDO because of those. They even, as you’ve indicated, bought additional paid services, expansions, VIP, etc.

They built up a TON of goodwill with that and when they started having issues with their servers, if they’d just come out and said ‘hey, we know this sucks and we’re working on it’ and gave a clear idea of what the problem was and how they hoped to fix it, people would have looked back on those good feelings and said: “Okay, cool, we can cut you some slack.”

They didn’t do that. They went silent. They denied it was a problem. They’ve still not fully explained what has happened. And all those people who paid for the time they weren’t able to use because the servers were down for several weeks, were not compensated for the time lost. Just a fraction of it.

This whole mess was theirs to rise out of and still come off the hero. All they had to do is be honest from the beginning. People would have understood.

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Bango on Laurelin

If you’re unable to consider why there is negativity then you lack the basic capability to reason. VIPs – who pay £10 a month – will not get this “update” for free and that goes against the the established convention since October 2010.

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Kazdal

After all the recent issues this is what they have to offer!?

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2Ton Gamer

Interested in Bree’s take..

My own take is this. They are hurting for money. Similarly to how ARK tossed out Scorched Earth after Wildcard had to pay up on their lawsuit this feels rushed. There was a meeting during or shortly after the servers became “stable” again where Sev (Developer SSG) asked for ideas and some brainiac said, “What about charging for the normally free for subscribers quest pack that’s coming in the Fall?”

What strikes me here is that this feels just like a quest pack sized release. You can dress it up as a pig and it’s still a pig. Calling it a mini-xpac is just flare. I think throwing in something people have been asking for (mounted pig) was the consolation prize to get people to buy it (and spend $100 no less) instead of actually offering real content. If this were just $20 for everyone and you could also use LOTRO Points to purchase it right away instead of later, I would not be so harsh, but the fact that they are offering up higher tiers, which come very close to their xpac prices is just screaming of cash grab. It’s disgusting and to me shows just how dire things are at SSG.

The fans there are gonna buy it though. (The forums are full of people saying they know it’s a cash grab, but will be buying the $100 anyway to support the company) I think for many here and many they had won over with their good will of offering up so many zones for free this year, they will not get as much as they hope for because many of us have moved on. Will it be enough to get them out of whatever debacle they are in? I have no idea. They are obviously targeting some sort of total. I just hope it’s not some last ditch effort to save the company because this might just be the last paid content they ever make. I could easily see layoffs in the future if this does not net them what they want and with a team that’s bare-bones already, it would certainly mean the end. But hey, if you like SSG and want to support the game, go out and support them and buy War of Three Thousand Pings on release!

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XK

Yikes.

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teppic

They have a fiercely loyal set of players who’ll pay for basically anything the company offers and feel grateful for the privilege of giving them money. The game hasn’t really had any true development for years, it’s just the same old reused landscape and mob assets piled onto a very old base that can barely struggle to keep up. But it makes them a ton of cash and the players believe the company is faultless, so they will keep doing it.

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Bango on Laurelin

There’s loyalty, and there’s stupid.

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Bannex

I kinda wish IP extortion was a crime. Guarantee this conversation has been said with little variation:

“Sir with all due respect, you want to charge what?!”

“Fuck em, they’re nerds they’ll pay anything for shit covered in (insert a popular IP). “