LotRO Producer "Hopeful" About Monetization Changes For Next Year

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor August 12, 2021
Share:

The first rule when talking about monetization for a free-to-play game is: "Don't talk about monetization, unless you're really, really, really ready to talk about monetization." If you give out vague information or leave out fine details -- intentionally or not -- players will use their vast imagination to come up with ideas of how it should be, and when your real plans are announced, you'll be lambasted for not measuring up to what you "promised."

That's why the decision of someone on the Lord of the Rings Online team to bring up monetization in a random forum thread is one that's fraught with peril. As MassivelyOP noticed, Producer Raninia said that changing monetization definitely wouldn't happen before the Gundabad expansion, as it's "too big a thing to handle at the same time as making a new expansion." The goal is to "get a plan that gets us 70-80% of the way there, get that out the door, then work on the rest," probably sometime in 2022.

Naturally, there was nothing specific mentioned about what would be changed -- cue the speculation I mentioned before -- but Raninia is putting together a proposal and hopes that "we'll have a decision on overall direction within the next month or two." Then again, having plans and discussions is pretty much the permanent state of LotRO development regarding major issues, so don't get too attached to that 2022 date for a monetization revamp.

Share:
Got a news tip? Contact us directly here!

About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (1)

Dumbledalf 1 month ago
It's like he didn't promise anything. xD

First he says 2022 then he says "don't get attached to 2022".


You May Enjoy

Rainbow 6 Extraction Puts You In The Battle Against Earth's Greatest Threat Ever

Rainbow 6 Extraction Puts You In The Battle Against Earth's Greatest Threat Ever

MIA mechanic has you extracting operators you lost on the last mission.

By Jason Winter - 1 week ago
Square Enix Offers Up More Details On Belt Removal In Final Fantasy XIV’s Endwalker Expansion

Square Enix Offers Up More Details On Belt Removal In Final Fantasy XIV’s Endwalker Expansion

Loosing belts means you have room for other things.

By QuintLyn Bowers - 8 hours ago
New MMORPG Into The Echo Bills Itself As "A Massively Multiplayer Time-Travel Odyssey"

New MMORPG Into The Echo Bills Itself As "A Massively Multiplayer Time-Travel Odyssey"

ETLOK Studios' debut project promises alternate progression system and no pay-to-win or pay-for-convenience.

By Jason Winter - 6 days ago
Warframe's Nidus Prime and Operation: Plague Star Events Now Live

Warframe's Nidus Prime and Operation: Plague Star Events Now Live

It's a solid infest-ment.

By Jason Winter - 1 week ago
Guild Wars 2 Shows Off Fishing And Skiffs

Guild Wars 2 Shows Off Fishing And Skiffs

If nautical nonsense be something you wish.

By Jason Winter - 1 week ago
Blade & Soul's UE4 Update Goes Live Today, Adds New Dual Blades Class And More

Blade & Soul's UE4 Update Goes Live Today, Adds New Dual Blades Class And More

Includes better optimization and massive changes to combat and dungeons.

By Jason Winter - 1 week ago
See More
Live Giveaways