LOTRO’s Next Update Adds More Loot Boxes


Do you want more loot boxes? Of course you do! That’s why Standing Stone Games is adding more to The Lord of the Rings Online, along with a change to endgame loot acquisition in general, which surely won’t upset anyone.

Being honest here: I haven’t played LOTRO in at least a year, and haven’t been an endgame raider for nearly six years, but even at the low-ish end of max-level content that I used to visit, the gearing system seemed confusingly complex to me. That’s why, when I read (courtesy of MassivelyOP) that Ashes of Enchantment will have their name changed to “motes,” which will be used “to buy older high-level gear, while Update 23’s new (and better) gear will be available only for new ’ember’ currency,” it makes my head swim a little bit. Maybe it’s time for another editorial about how MMOs should better plot out their post-launch loot plans.

Oh, and there are apparently also new loot boxes coming in Update 23 that will have a chance to drop embers. Because of course there will.

All this was laid out in a recent livestream by Community Manager Jerry “Cordovan” Snook, which you can view below.


  1. You could play a cash grab game like this where things are in a random loot box, or you could shell out 15 bucks a month and play a decent game.


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