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LOTRO: 2015 Producer’s Letter

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The year 2014 was an exciting one for The Lord of the Rings Online fans. The story was expanded into Gondor, epic battles were improved and, what many anticipated the most, a new class of Beornings was introduced. 2015 promises to be an exciting year as well! In a recent Producer’s Letter, Athena “Vyvyanne” Peters, Executive Producer of LOTRO revealed that  two of the most exciting additions in 2015 will bring Osgiliath and Minas Tirith to LOTRO!

Further initiatives include:

Legendary Items: With the Osgiliath update, you will be able to Imbue Level 100 Legendary Items. An Imbued item continues to gain experience and will no longer need to be deconstructed to advance. These items are already in internal testing! There are many details still to work out, but you should expect a developer diary on the topic early this year.

New Fellowship Challenges: As we push into the heart of the War of the Ring, this is the perfect time for us to renew our focus on group content and instances. Expect new instances in Osgiliath, along with additional Roving Threats and group content on the landscape.

Quality of Life: We have been working to identify your most persistent bugs. You can expect a renewed focus on resolving issues that may be small but troublesome, to improve overall gameplay experience.

Episodic Content: We are currently in development on a new type of quest content that will roll out like an episodic TV show, a little at a time, as you follow a new friend across Middle-earth seeing familiar places in a new light.

Server Populations: Based on your feedback, we’re taking measures to get everyone onto the more populous servers, so that finding parties is easier and festivals and live events are more fun. We are working on both improved server transfer tools and upgrades to our environments to improve playability. Also we will be moving our European servers back to the EU! More details on this coming soon!

PvMP: The team is also seriously investigating a new PvMP map in Osgiliath. This landscape would tell the story of the Battle of Osgiliath, and the layout of the city (split by the Anduin) is perfect for smaller and more tightly focused conflicts than the Ettenmoors. This would make the perfect platform for gradual improvements to the PvMP experience, overall. We’ll provide additional updates on this initiative as we get deeper into 2015.

 

According to Peters, more details and updates will follow in the upcoming months.

 

What are you most looking for in 2015? Agree with these updates? Leave a comment down below!

 

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  1. Woot! I’m excited at this producer’s letter. As a ‘casual hardcore’ PvMP player, I’m pumped about the possibility of a new area for us in Osgiliath. Even though it’s old news, never having to deconstruct a LI and avoiding that grind is something I’m looking forward to. As someone who hopes to enjoy this game for years to come, Turbine’s plan to physically relocate and upgrade their European servers makes me thing this game is still reasonably profitable enough and has a long-term future. One last thing that wasn’t in the letter but was on the forums, the new exec. prod. has been playing lotro since beta long before she ever worked for Turbine. I hope that past dedication and perspective she has a veteran player of the game will make a big difference in the decisions she makes.

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