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The Lord of the Rings Online Executive Producer Athena “Vyvyanne” Peters today posted the first Producer’s Letter of 2015, wherein she discussed Turbine’s plans for the MMO for the coming year.




Peters promises new group instances as the game pushes forward to Minas Tirith and Osgiliath, where the closing battles for the War of the Ring were fought, as well as a new kind of episodic content which she compares to a TV show, and the squashing of the game’s “most persistent bugs.”

But as a long-time LOTRO player who just crafted a first-age level 100 greatsword, my lidless eye was drawn to the mention of a reworking of legendary items that will let you keep your top-level weapons, which will be able to gain experience apparently indefinitely. The skeptical part of me figures it’ll just be replacing one grind with another, and I could probably write entire paragraphs on my dissatisfaction with the legendary item system, but any improvement would be greatly appreciated.

The final item on the list was talk of a new player-versus-monster-player zone in Osgiliath, which would be the first new space in that ilk in about seven years. That’s major news to the Ettenmoors crowd, which is still oddly alive, at least on my home server of Arkenstone, despite having little new to do. The letter says that the area would focus on “smaller and more tightly focused conflicts,” which might lead one to speculate that it could be fixed-group battleground-style PvP.

In any case, it’s always nice to have hope for new stuff… now we’ll just have to wait and see how well Turbine can deliver!

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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.

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  1. Lagwise on October 13, 2015

    I think it’s a bit too late in the day now. I think just before helms deep when I logged back in to find my guild on eldar, the biggest on an EU server that was split into three guilds, all the same name though, one of the first to have the watcher on farm etc etc, was about 25 people, half of which I had never spoke to before…it’s been a slow decline.

  2. Legonist on January 7, 2015

    A new PVMP zone….. i fell like ive heard of this before…. Oh wait Turbine promised a new PVMP zone twice during expansion pre=orders and did not deliver. Also most servers are like ghost towns with only a few servers being havens for those looking for people to actually hang out with, most servers have almost no Pvmp fighting also.

    Its nice to hear that Turbine is promising to crush bugs which have been around for a while but then again ive heard that many many a time and as a LOTRO player for 4 years Turbine is known for their lack of QA and make very very similar mistakes again and again (like the broken raid drop tables dropping the weapon parts for the best weapons in the easiest difficulty and taking forever to fix it). Also wouldn’t be surprised if they messed with all the class roles again because they rebalance classes so class roles are swapped for some classes.

    • Bic Boi on January 8, 2015

      Lol does anyone even take PVMP seriously anymore? With the insane amount of back and forth nerfwars I’m surprised anyone still gives an orc’s arse about it.

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