Lord of the Rings Online’s $20 quest pack, War of Three Peaks, launches today

    
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Lord of the Rings Online’s $20 quest pack, War of Three Peaks, launches today

It’s a strange and uncertain new era in Lord of the Rings Online, as Standing Stone Games has moved to start selling quest packs to everyone — including its subscribers. Update 28: War of Three Peaks arrives today in the game, but you won’t be experiencing it unless you shell out some cash — not LOTRO Points — to pay at least $20 for it.

The update adds the new level-flexible mission system, a new zone that leads up to the Gates of Gundabad, two raids to be unlocked in the future, an increase to the virtue cap, and a nerf to Embers of Enchantment acquisition in dungeons.

“Missions are a new way for one or two people to play together between levels 20 and 130,” the studio explained. “Players can access the Missions hub by visiting a Gabil’akkâ Stable-master, located near other stable masters.”

Update 28 arrives at about the same time as the studio is making some adjustments to the LOTRO Market. These changes don’t look that significant right now, but the studio’s developers say that they “are looking forward to bringing more features to the updated LOTRO Market in the future after this initial release during War of Three Peaks.”

Source: LOTRO
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Multiple people have linked us (thanks Jonathan and Roger!) the full breakdown of the edition bundles, which SSG was intentionally keeping under wraps until the launch today, and now it’s clear why that was done, as the mounts are all tucked behind the higher packages. The players are… not impressed.

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memitim

a nerf to Embers of Enchantment acquisition in dungeons

Presumably you get this bit for free…

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Neurotic

When I heard you guys discussing this on the MOPcast recently, I thought maybe it’s a bit of a storm in a teapot. But looking at that 20 dollar tier, WOW! It’s not often that you don’t get at least *something* in your base package, some extra, small, digital treat. I have to say, this is really mean.

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teppic

Judging by the forums and so on I’ve noticed this seems to have pushed even somewhat big fans of the game a bit too far, at least a bit – usually nothing SSG does can sway them. The lack of any real value in the expensive versions especially, holding back exclusive mounts for extortionate amounts of cash only and providing no level boost, etc. which is kind of the absolute bare minimum you’d expect at those prices. It seems the greed here has been difficult to defend for most.

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Darthbawl

WARNING: Company posted on Twitter that some are having issues logging in on the 64-bit client. They suggest switching to 32-bit, fire up game then switch back to 64-bit client. Some however say that doesn’t work. Seems there is some DX11/DX9 shenanigans amongst other things going on.

Another Twitter user posted this:

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2Ton Gamer

Maybe if they included this I might resub…

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The developers of this game are getting desperate, I feel like it’s already on life support and might shut down soon.

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Stormwaltz

I’m at least 40 levels short of being able to play the basic content, and none of the extras seem worth the price to me . :/

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2Ton Gamer

I subbed all year for 3 months at a time, but cancelled the remaining without even playing 1 second after the server issues. They still got me for 9 months of the year though, and then to have to pay more for a quest pack with real money is just a slap in the face to subscribers, even though most who are diehard LOTRO fans till the end will not see it that way. They keep enabling them, so instead of fixing infrastructure, they are putting out more recycled zones with cheap digital goodies to drive up the price. There is no way people should be paying more than $60 tops for a full DLC with all the whistles from this old game, not when other MMO’s do it better and offer more for that price. This quest pack should be free or done through LOTRO points and then maybe $20-$30 for those other variants for those who want a pig mount.

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Fred Douglas

Comparing the value of this and Shadowlands is just depressing. My first and once favorite MMO dragged down by greed, it’s a shame.