Lord of the Rings Online begins testing War of the Three Peaks DLC, and yes, boar mounts are high-price bundle perks

    
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Lord of the Rings Online begins testing War of the Three Peaks DLC, and yes, boar mounts are high-price bundle perks

The big fall update for Lord of the Rings Online — newly promoted to “mini-expansion” status with an accompanied price tag — is now on the Bullroarer test server for players to evaluate.

This initial preview for War of the Three Peaks is only available until this Thursday and includes several changes to the Guardian class, a virtue cap bump to 72, and faster load times. The new epic storyline won’t be available — at least right now.

Some players immediately took concern over a note that disenchanting embers from certain instances were going to be halved come the patch. Addressing this, LOTRO’s CM said, “One of the main drivers for this adjustment is that the sources for this armour and jewellery have increased. In addition to War of Three Peaks instances, the upcoming raid will have separate chests for Tiers 4 and 5, which will be released a short while after War of Three Peaks.”

Player Laurelinarien tweeted out some pictures of the new outfits and mounts from the DLC, confirming our earlier hunch that boar mounts are coming to the pricier editions only:

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Roger Edwards

Having logged onto Bullroarer this evening and checked out the new region, it is as far as I can see, just a standard content update. There is nothing there at present, to justify the term “mini expansion”. The new zone follows on logically from Langflood. But all the Dwarven, Orcish and Angmarim assets are recycled. Nothing new has been designed beyond the environment. So the only new material will be the story. How they can justify the pricing is anyone’s guess. Unless there’s something else that I don’t know about, hidden away, then Update 28 is exactly the same “Burger and Fries” content that SSG usually do. Only difference being where they gave it to you for free previously, this time they’re charging. I think they may be in trouble with their corporate masters and have been mandated to fill a gap in their balance sheet.

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Krista Allen

Those boar mounts are so dumb, and just awful looking. Calling this cash grab update a “Mini” Expansion is hilarious. It’s either an expansion or it’s not.

Also, where is the LI revamp? How will SSG monetize LI progression this time? Loot boxes? Solvents?

Just flat out purchase a fully upgraded LI for your army of 50 alts, that only do festivals anyway and don’t need an LI anyway, Sounds good to me.

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Relmharver

I used to love this game. But for years now, it’s been all about pushing store sales. Maybe it was needed for the game to survive, but it ruined the experience for me.

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2Ton Gamer

Well, at least the mid tier pack also has a boar mount, but it’s still crummy. In the end, so long as the players continue to purchase these blatant money grabs that disregard so much of what the game originally stood for and what was initially promised about the game going F2P back in the day, SSG will be more emboldened and the diehards will only find new excuses to placate the greed. You can only use the excuse that “it’s the only Tolkien MMO out there” so long. Let the game die, another will take it’s place at some point (and I do not just mean the Amazon whatever). The IP is too ripe and too much a perfect fit for it go without an MMO. SSG has lost their way and do not deserve to carry the Tolkien torch any longer.

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Tanek

I’m trying to understand the reasoning behind the ember reduction.

Is it that the mini-expansion will provide more of the gear for embers? If so, what of the players who choose not to buy it right now? They get the 50% nerf, but none of the compensation for it?

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warroth weill

That is correct. They didn’t lower ember gain from lootboxes so this was just put in place to make it harder to farm. Pushing more players to buy keys from store.

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warroth weill

Yoy forgot to mention the increase ilvl of gear in lootboxes… that gear is now stronger than ALL Minas Morgul instances, even stronger than Remmorchant T1 raid!! This is only in place to make people buy lootbox keys lol. Embers also come from lootboxes hence why the vendors are there.

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Munchmeat2

Those loot boxes is why I quit Lotro years ago.