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Updated Avatars a Possibility in 2017 + Mordor Expansion!

Suzie Ford | Updated: Dec 20, 2016 3:58 PM | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 3:51 PM
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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.

What if I let it slip that we are looking at substantial avatar revamps for the Mordor expansion?  I think we can all agree that prospect can be both exciting and scary. Avatar preference is super subjective, and even some of the best received game revamps have a percentage of players who prefer the old look. We are looking at providing an option to use the old avatars so we are not forcing players to use newly updated models and animations if they don't want to.  Having two avatar paths then becomes a design challenge if we add new hairs or facial options; the old avatars wouldn't have an equivalent option. These are the types of design and art challenges we are wrestling with as we work on the expansion.

Ciccolini also mentioned that lag is the priority and has asked players for specific information about when they are experiencing issues. 

Other things mentioned by Ciccolini in the thread:

  • work is continuing on the Mordor expansion
  • interaction with all parts of the game will see great gear, not just the best from raiding
  • more than one raid is needed to "revitalize the raiding community"

Check out the full thread at the link above.

 

Does this get you twitterpated for improvements to the beloved LOTRO?

 

Thanks, anonymous tipster!


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Suzie Ford

Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom