The Lord of the Rings Online site has been updated with a brief look at the plans ahead for 2017. It appears that 2017 will be the year that the battle is finally taken to Mordor itself beginning with Update 21.
Lord of the Rings Online players got together today to celebrate the one hundred and twenty-fifth birthday of iconic novelist J.R.R. Tolkien. Players gathered in Laurelin to hoist a celebratory cup in honor of the creator of the series of books that eventually gave birth to this celebrated MMO.
Lord of the Rings Online players who have a hankering to collect all of the expansion packs or to score game time codes or purchase Turbine points will definitely want to check out the LotRO Market where nearly everything is 75% off from now through January 1st. Expansions run from $5-10. A year's worth of game time is $99.99, while 60-days game time is a sweet $29.99.
Now that Lord of the Rings Online is off on its own, developers are looking at some long-requested features for the game. In a thread discussing things players would like to see, Executive Producer Rob "Severlin" Ciccolini wrote that the team is looking into new character avatars in 2017, though with some trepidation.
The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online have been acquired by Standing Stone Games, a newly-formed independent game studio made up of the same groups that have been working on LOTRO and DDO for years. We remain committed to both games, and are thrilled to be able to take these games in exciting directions for a long time to come. Standing Stone Games will operate as an independent studio, with global publishing support from Daybreak Games.
Lord of the Rings Online players had to wait a few extra days for the annual Yule Festival but it should be worth it with the addition of several new items: a starry kite, cloak, robes and travel mount. In addition, war-steeds can see several new items too: caparison, antlers, saddle, leggings and tailpiece.
Turbine has announced that the Lord of the Rings Online holiday celebration will be delayed until Monday, December 19th. This year's Yule Festival was originally scheduled to begin on December 15th but the team has new items to add that are going to require additional time, hence the slight delay. The good news is that the end of Yule Festival has been extended to January 16th.
When Lord of the Rings Online completes its maintenance today, players will log in to find a number of bug fixes, most specifically in PvP and the new Premium Housing features. The Premium housing Upkeep is re-enabled for non-VIP owners and leaders anchors the housing update.
In a brief note on the Lord of the Rings Online site, the team has let players know that the annual Harvest Festival has kicked off. As expected, players can take part in a number of quest and activities to get into the spooky holiday frame of mind.
Lord of the Rings Online will be patched later today with Update 19: Mark of the King. Players will be marching north toward the Land of Mordor and will be able to participate in over ninety new quests, participate in the Flora Barter System and grab some new real estate with the premium housing.