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PSA: LotRO and DDO Are Deprecating Windows XP On June 8th

Joseph Bradford Posted:
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This is fast approaching, but if you're still running a PC using Windows XP, and are also a Lord of the Rings Online or Dungeons & Dragons Online player, you'll need to look into upgrading your OS in the near future to continue adventuring in either MMO.

Announced today on their respective forums, Windows XP will be deprecated by the studio next month, prompting those still running the aging OS to upgrade or lose access the MMO on their system.

"The Lord of the Rings Online will be deprecating support for Windows XP and earlier operating systems as of June 8th, 2021. All of your characters and progress will remain, and you can continue to play the game by running LOTRO on a Windows 7 or newer operating system. Players who need to can contact Account Support at help.standingstonegames.com. Thank you!"

MMOs deprecating old OSes is nothing new, as many have even dropped support for 32-bit version of their game clients as well. As MMOs try to add new features (such as LotRO's recent addition of its excellent and game-changing Per Pixel Lighting Attenuation) there are some things that these old operating systems just don't support.

So here's your notice! If you're running an old Windows XP system, keep in mind you'll not lose progress of any of your characters, but you'll need to upgrade before June 8th if you want to keep playing uninterupted. Recently The Lord of the Rings Online released its Wildwood update, bringing a new mid-range zone (and the excellent lighting update) to the MMORPG. DDO recently made its update, Fables of the Feywild, available to purchase for points in the DDO store, as well as announced it was toying with the mini-expansion idea that the team at Standing Stone Games used with LotRO last year.


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore