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MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 04/24/07)  | Pub:Midway Games
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Lord of the Rings Online News

Latest Headlines for Lord of the Rings Online

  • Ninth Anniversary Kicks Off with Tons to Do

    Turbine is inviting players to log into Lord of the Rings Online from now through May 8th to take part in the ninth anniversary celebration. Players will have tons to do including fighting for a pint at the ale hall, participate in special horse races, acquire tokens to trade in for a special anniversary gift box and be able to take advantage of an increased loot box drop rates.

    Reported on Apr 22, 2016
  • Combat Changes in Update 18 Profiled

    Turbine's Kevin "EdgeCase" Nolan has penned a new developer diary on the Lord of the Rings Online site that goes into a deep dive about the combat changes in Update 18. It's a very comprehensive look that includes a lot of numbers and minute details that those who love the nitty gritty will find interesting.

    Reported on Apr 13, 2016
  • Welcome to Far Anórien - Update 18 Notes Published

    The Lord of the Rings Online forum has been updated with the latest patch notes. Players will be able to travel through epic story books five and six, The Ride of the Rohirrim and The Battle of the Pelennor Fields. Update 18 also features an increased level cap, a new instance cluster called Battle of the Pelennor Fields and new featured instances.

    Reported on Apr 12, 2016
  • Amsterdam Data Center Plans On Indefinite Hold

    Turbine has announced that the plan to place a data center in Amsterdam to service EU Lord of the Rings Online customers has been put on indefinite hold. According to a post on the LOTRO forum, the new NA data center in New Jersey has already shown marked improvement in latency for both NA and EU players. As a result, Turbine will continue to make improvements to the New Jersey data center over placing another one in the EU.

    Reported on Feb 24, 2016
  • Latest Update Adds Emote Panel & New Minas Tirith Quests

    A pretty decent-sized patch has been released for Lord of the Rings Online. Several new quests have been added in Minas Tirith as well as new stable travel options. In addition, players can now keep track of their emotes with a new collection panel that shows all available and whether or not they have yet been acquired.

    Reported on Jan 24, 2016
  • New Datacenter Hardware, EU Location to be Added

    Lord of the Rings Online players will be happy to hear that the datacenters will be moving on Monday, January 11th, new hardware included. In the most uplifting news, EU players will be able to enjoy much lower latency thanks to a new datacenter opening in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

    Reported on Jan 05, 2016
  • Pushing Forward to the Black Gates in 2016

    The latest 'roadmap' for Lord of the Rings Online that gives players a brief look ahead at what 2016 will bring to the game. Among other things, players can look forward to quality of life improvements, more Fellowship Challenges including, devs wrote, a 12-player raid, a level cap increase to 105 and new collections with an improved UI specifically for that purpose.

    Reported on Dec 21, 2015
  • Blessing of the Valar to Allow Instant 95

    Lord of the Rings Online will be bringing in a new buff called Blessing of Valar that will allow players instantly level their characters to 95. It appears that this will be a store item, according to the preliminary patch notes. In addition, new housing decorations are featured in the store and many significant (and not-so significant!) bugs will be addressed as well.

    Reported on Dec 02, 2015
  • The White City Under Siege

    Everyone has her/his own favorite book or film in a series. For the two big ones, Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, it's become fashionable to like The Empire Strikes Back and The Two Towers, respectively, and pooh-pooh the others. Yet, Return of the Jedi and Return of the King have always been my favorite movies in those trilogies, as they represent the most epic and climactic moments in fantasy storytelling.

    Reported on Nov 11, 2015
  • More Lore Arrives with Siege of Minas Tirith

    Lord of the Rings Online was recently updated with a large new update called The Siege of Minas Tirith. Siege includes three new zones (Pelennor Fields, Talath Anor and the White City), a pair of new "epic battles" (Defense of Minas Tirith, Hammer of the Underworld), and seventy quests and deeds for players at level 100+.

    Reported on Nov 02, 2015
  • List of Several US & EU Worlds Closing in Early '16 Revealed

    The Lord of the Rings Online site has been updated with a list of both North American and European worlds that will be closed beginning in early 2016. As of this time, no new characters can be created on these worlds and players will begin the transfer process by opening the test world for character copy.

    Reported on Aug 03, 2015
  • Announcing Weatherstock 2015!

    Lord of the Rings Online has a unique music system and battle weary players have taken a real liking to its nuances. ABC files number into the many thousands with music being played at any street corner and at all hours with genres ranging from Mozart, to Led Zeppelin. This could make for ripe event planning... Enter the fan-created event, Weatherstock!

    Reported on Jul 23, 2015
  • Summer Plans Include Server Merges & New Datacenters

    The Summer Producer's Letter has been published on the Lord of the Rings Online forum to give players a forward look at the happenings of the next several months.

    Reported on May 22, 2015
  • May the Orcs Be With You

    While May the Fourth might be considered a Star Wars holiday due to the pun ("May the Fourth be with you!"), it's also the day that Lord of the Rings Online publisher Turbine intends on launching Update 16, titled The Ashes of Osgiliath. In preparation of this launch, Community Manager Andy Cataldo facilitated a livestream preview for the public. We were there and brought back this report!

    Reported on May 01, 2015
  • Three New Scaling Fellowship Instances Coming Next Week

    In the latest developer diary on the Lord of the Rings Online site, Ben Schneider has a pleasant surprise for players looking for, as he put it, "hard". In the next update, currently scheduled for next week, players will be able to take part in two three-player instances and one full fellowship instance that will scale from levels 50-100.

    Reported on Apr 29, 2015
  • Russian Service Ending on June 1st

    Mail.ru has announced that service for Lord of the Rings Online in Russia will be closing effective June 1st due to a non-renewal of the contract. As of this writing, players can no longer register for the game and no more payments for microtransaction items are being accepted. A special tavern with all equipment in it has been set up to equip players with the best of the best for one last epic journey through Middle-Earth.

    Reported on Apr 23, 2015
  • A Sneak Peek at Update 16

    Turbine has taken to the airwaves to give Lord of the Rings Online players a sneak peek into what they can expect in Update 16. Find out more about the lore behind the update, the new Legendary Imbuement System, and some brand new instances coming to the game. The video features a great look at the three new regions coming with Update 16. Check it out!

    Reported on Apr 21, 2015
  • Legendary System to be Overhauled

    The Lord of the Rings Online team took to the airwaves to discuss the new way that legendary weapons will be imbued and announced that most of the current legendaries will be grandfathered into the new system.

    Reported on Apr 09, 2015
  • Update 15 - A Valiant Effort from a Reduced Studio

    While Lord of the Rings Online hasn't been around quite as long as other AAA MMOs, it's still been around long enough for the short attention span of the internet to proclaim it 'forever'. Launched in April 2007, the game has taken the Lord of the Rings story all the way to Gondor, with players getting to help Aragorn take on the Corsairs of Umbar. Update 15 also brings Beornings to the table, the first new class added to the game since 2008.

    Reported on Dec 31, 2014
  • Update 15.1 Brings Bug Fixes & Essence Changes

    The Lord of the Rings Online forum has been updated with the latest update notes. Included among the general bug fixes and feature enhancements is the news that unique essences from Central Gondor will no longer be stackable. Players will only be able to equip one of each type. The team detailed how retroactive changes will be applied alongside the long list of other patch contents.

    Reported on Dec 15, 2014
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