LOTRO community Q&A asks about closed server transfers, graphics upgrades, and new events

    
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It’s not your imagination: Lord of the Rings Online really has been doing a whole bunch of interviews over past month or two. The barrage of questions being thrown at SSG is indicative of how much the community wants to know about the game and its future — and how happy people are to finally be getting some answers (maybe not full answers to everyone’s satisfaction, but it’s something).

In fact, the community itself was invited to ask SSG anything in a Reddit thread that was compiled and presented to LOTRO’s producer in an hour-long livestream. While there’s not a lot of surprising reveals here, the following video does chat about a variety of topics including the graphics upgrade, closed server transfers, the upcoming 15th anniversary, the legendary item revamp, and more. Check it out:

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Douglas Lawson

Companions!! Upgrade the skirmish soldier with more customization, and some interaction. Allow us to use it on the landscape w/o silly tokens.. allow them to fill empty spots in groups, and monetize it!

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Jeremy Zharkov

What keeps me from playing is the UI. While you can scale the UI itself, you can’t scale the inventory and it’s almost impossible to see what I have

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Ardra Diva

they should definitely be talking to Amazon at every possible level about ‘synergies’ and the fact that they have an incredibly mature, fun, rich, detailed Middle Earth experience for Amazon’s LOTR TV show fans to enjoy.

But it’s not set in the 2nd Age like the TV show will be, so I don’t see Amazon biting on something that isn’t specifically a tie-in to their multi-billion dollar show.

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Koshelkin

It’s not that I’d not like to see a graphical update to the game but, let’s face it, it would be a massive undertaking, and I doubt SSG would be able to transfer two decades worth of assets to a new engine on top of all reprogramming all underlying systems. I don’t see how they could do it without stopping all work on new content for years.

A UI that scales to 4k, though, I’d love that. The world still is very atmospheric and I actually like how old-school and slow(progress-wise) everything is compared to modern standards.

Still, if they could somehow get Amazon to fund a next-gen treatement were they port and re-release the game bit by bit, I’d buy it.

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HolyAvengerOne

Didn’t / won’t watch the whole q&a and I agree with you that redoing this in another engine is way too daunting to realistically consider, there could be ways to overhaul graphics in the current engine… has that been talked about?

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Ardra Diva

laughs. that’s a good one.

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mlebold

Y’all can thank me I just redid my weapons for swapping.

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mars omg

Begin a chant : Unreal Engine , Unreal Engine, Unreal Engine :)

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Dug From The Earth

is there a summary of it all?

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LazyLex
  • LI revamp in testing, estimate is in 2 weeks but nothing set in stone
  • New animations and skills for existing classes — long-term item; doesn’t sound like it will be looked at for a long time
  • Megaservers and consolidations — no current plans
  • New player experience improvements — priority for update next year, no details
  • Gundabad expansion pre-order is coming soon — more info re: Bullroarer testing in the next few weeks
  • Champions poor performance on Legendary servers will not be looked at until after Gundabad
  • UI Improvements (5+ quests in tracker) — not going to be looked into until after Gundabad
  • Weapon swapping — going away; weapons won’t be able to be swapped while in combat.
  • Character creation descriptions — classes don’t match their described roles; more accurate text updates will occur. In case of low performing classes, ‘re-balancing’ scheduled for the future
  • New cosmetics as in-game rewards and purchases are on the table

TLDR; Hope for Gundabad, LI, Brawler testing on Bullroarer in ~2 weeks. Don’t expect other updates until post-expansion. Lots of ‘We are looking into everything and committing to nothing.”
Stop playing Champion on Treebeard for now unless you like to be useless at endgame.

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Dug From The Earth

Thanks for this.

I had seen “Graphics updates” and I had high hopes for no more square dwarf beards. Doesnt look like that sort of graphical update is on the list though. Bummer

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Loopy

Thanks for the summary.

Also lol at this: “UI Improvements (5+ quests in tracker) — not going to be looked into until after Gundabad”. Honestly there is no functional reason why this limitation was ever in the game, other than the world map being too colourful. I’m surprised that it still hasn’t been changed.

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Bruno Brito

Lots of ‘We are looking into everything and committing to nothing.”

SSG in a nutshell.

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HolyAvengerOne

SSG in a nutshell.

That doesn’t sound very courageous :/