lord of the rings online

Official Site: Lord of the Rings Online
Studio: Standing Stone Games, formerly Turbine/WB Interactive Entertainment; published by Daybreak Game Company
Launch Date: April 24, 2007
Genre: Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC


LOTRO Legendarium: It’s OK that LOTRO’s remaster isn’t going to happen

The pricey Lord of the Rings Online remaster is officially dead, and its console port is now on the "backburner." It is, depending on...

Massively Overthinking: The impact of jump start servers in MMOs

With Chris' Choose My Adventure run on Lost Ark - specifically, on its jump-start servers - coming to a close, I thought it would...

Lord of the Rings Online previews its upcoming Outer Gondor region

Lord of the Rings Online continued to show off the landscape coming with this fall's Corsairs of Umbar expansion. In this week's developer tour,...

The Stream Team: Low levels but slightly high challenge in Lord of the Rings Online

MOP's Chris has rediscovered Lord of the Rings Online recently, appreciating the MMORPG's more measured pace but also enjoying the difficulty slider option. And...

Lord of the Rings Online studio pushes back against maintenance mode claims

There are a lot of wild conclusions you could leap to after hearing the report that EG7 put an end to the 2020 remaster...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 438: EverQuest what’s next?

Justin and Bree discuss the potential for EverQuest 3, the LOTRO remaster's cancelation, EVE Fanfest's EVE Online Havoc and EVE Vanguard reveals, WoW Classic's about-face on LFD, Pantheon's new art style, and Marvel Heroes' code leak, with adventures in WoW Classic, LOTRO, Guild Wars 2, and Glitch Odd Giants.

Lord of the Rings Online talks Mariner, crafting overhaul, and more in its devstream

Mariners, crafting, or those rascally Baggins: All of these are vying for attention on the latest Lord of the Rings Online devstream. While nothing...

One Shots: The best flex of all time

A maxim that has served me well so far in life is, "You are never too busy to stop and gawk at a sight...

LOTRO Legendarium: Nine LOTRO secrets worth discovering

It's such a special blessing to discover that the MMORPG you've been playing for years -- if not decades -- can still surprise you....

Vague Patch Notes: So what actually kills MMO communities?

Since we're busy getting a front-row seat to World of Warcraft adding the dungeon finder again, only this time it's WoW Classic, we are...

Massively Overthinking: Massively Overwhelming content in MMORPGs

This past weekend, I picked up my first premium house in Lord of the Rings Online after much hemming and hawing. I didn't expect...

EG7 and Daybreak: DCUO’s volatility, EverQuest’s stability, Cold Iron’s new game, LOTRO’s canceled remaster

Last night, we covered EG7's video pitch to investors, which among other things included a segment during which EG7 and Daybreak boss Ji Ham...

Lord of the Rings Online gives a sneak peak of Corsairs of Umbar’s landscape

Lord of the Rings Online's fall expansion finally has an official name (and logo): Corsairs of Umbar. Standing Stone Games revealed this in a...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 437: The MMO moving-in blues

Justin and Bree discuss Star Trek Online Incursion, WoW's Guardians of the Dream, LOTRO's River Hobbit housing and the Mariner, and Elder Scrolls Online's update 40, with a podcast topic on the financial barriers to returning to MMOs.

Talk Like a Pirate Day around the MMO world, 2023 edition

When the internet was younger, Talk Like a Pirate Day was a huge event, the kind of harmless fun every brand and MMO got...

Lord of the Rings Online throws the Mariner overboard (into another round of testing)

After a very short initial preview, Lord of the Rings Online's newest class is being treated to a longer test this week on the...
guild wars 2 - cash shop purchase of a sanctuary pass

The Daily Grind: Do MMO cash shops usually have things you want to buy?

My recent return to Guild Wars 2 for the Secrets of the Obscure expansion resurrected one of my old gripes: The cash shop almost...

The Stream Team: Enjoying LOTRO’s The Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners event

How often has Massively OP's MJ been able to enjoy a good sailor mission in Lord of the Rings Online? Well, pretty much never....

One Shots: Just a minute, Mom, I’m playing with my virtual dollhouse!

If playing with physical dollhouses is your entry-level and full-on interior decorating your advanced mode, then video games offer a middle ground to those...

Lord of the Rings Online delays its Forester event a second time, says fix coming soon

The first of Lord of the Rings Online's planned series of crafting-related events continues to have a hard time getting off the ground. Standing...