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 and DDO downtime extends into its second day as datacenter work continues

While we knew that yesterday's extended downtime for both of Standing Stone Games' MMOs was going to be lengthy, initially there was hope that...

Dungeons and Dragons Online teases a new class and adventure packs to come in 2019

With both LOTRO and DDO down for most of today due to server work, there are plenty of MMO gamers looking for...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 210: The spice must flow

Justin and Bree discuss Funcom's Dune, Anarchy Online's prog, Elder Scrolls Online's Wrathstone, Atlas' wipe, Guild Wars 2's layoffs, DDO's Sharn expansion, and Outlaws of the Old West, with adventures in Eldevin, LOTRO, Paragon Chat, Trove, and SWG; a mailbag question on finding laid-back MMOs; and a sponsored segment on Black Desert.

LOTRO and DDO are going offline for a day thanks to server work

Hobbits are taking an extended siesta this week in Lord of the Rings Online. On Monday, March 4th, the game is coming down for...

The MMO Bookclub devotes March to Tibia, Destiny 2, and Apex Legends

If you haven't been hanging out with the folks at MMO Bookclub lately, you may have missed a shift in the format that's...

Battle Bards Episode 139: Return to LOTRO

It has been a good long while since the Battle Bards walked the road that led them from the Shire to Mordor, but now...

LOTRO devs explain the virtue system revamp

For my money, the change from a rigid to a much more flexible virtue system in Lord of the Rings Online is
The most positive statement about anything Daybreak-related I am likely to make all year.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 209: ArenaNet layoffs, Blizzard layoffs, and PlanetSide Arena delays

Justin and Bree discuss the Guild Wars 2 layoffs, Blizzard layoffs, PlanetSide Arena's delay, WoW's allied races, and LOTRO's expansion, with adventures in DDO, SWGL, and Trove, and mailbag letters on ethical studios, ancient MMOs, and Project Titan.

LOTRO producer sheds light on expansion details, virtue changes, and legendary items

Turns out that the next Lord of the Rings Online expansion is Minas Morgul after all. Players looking for clarification after reading last...

Get an eagle’s eye view of LOTRO’s entire world map

You might know that Lord of the Rings Online's world is big. Like, really, really big. But you might not have the appreciation...

LOTRO Legendarium: Examining 2019’s amazing producer’s letter

I swear, the news never fails to make a monkey out of me. Just the other day I was grousing about how it was...

Lord of the Rings Online producer’s letter confirms seventh expansion

The 2019 producer's letter is here for Lord of the Rings Online, and Hobbits and Big Folk alike have plenty to celebrate...

LOTRO gets ready to push progression shards into Moria next month

Loved or loathed, the underdark of Moria is preparing to draw in a whole new generation of MMO gamers when Lord of the...
Build it up.

LOTRO fan starts petition for Standing Stone to rehire a beloved world builder

Here's something you don't see every day. It's a fan petition, yes, but it's a fan petition for Standing Stone Games to offer...

The Stream Team: Birthday bash for MOP at LOTRO’s party tree!

Who knows how to party better than a Hobbit? It's Massively OP's fourth birthday today, so MJ is throwing a bash the party tree...

Global Chat: Anthem makes first contact with gamers

The game on everyone's mind this month definitely has to be BioWare's Anthem. The studio's first new IP in a long time is...

LOTRO Legendarium: Is Moria amazing – or agonizing?

In about a month, Lord of the Rings Online's progression servers will unlock their first expansion and take us deep into the mines...

The day the music died: LOTRO nerfs Minstrels to the ground

Overpowered or powered-up fun? Lord of the Rings Online's Minstrel class was a fan favorite for many, but its strong performance, especially at...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 207: Bunny girls throughout Eorzea

Justin and Bree discuss Final Fantasy XIV, Guild Wars 2, Legends of Aria, RuneScape, Elder Scrolls Online, LOTRO, and Warframe, with mailbag topics on MMO endgames and battle royale modes in MMOs.

LOTRO hints at Minas Morgul with new skirmish event

One of the big content drops reportedly coming to Lord of the Rings Online this year is the opening of Minas Morgul --...