Executive Producer's Letter for 2016

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Executive Producer's Letter for 2016

Post by Aedfrith » Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:25 pm

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https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/ ... e-producer

Hello all!

2015 was a great year for LOTRO, and we hope you agree! We had many large beats to cover this year as we built out more of Gondor including the two great cities of Osgiliath and Minas Tirith. Additionally we took on major service upgrades including building a brand new store and consolidating our servers to a core ten worlds which are buzzing with activity these days.

Unfortunately we also missed a beat this year with our plans to move into a brand new Datacenter. We wanted to have this new center launch by the end of this year, and while all of the hardware is up and ready to go. However, this upgrade in hardware also came with an upgrade in operating system from 32-bit to 64-bit. When we started load testing the new hardware, we learned that our chat system does not function properly on the new OS. As a result we have to architect a new solution for chat which will delay us into 2016. Updates to come as we work through the problem.

Our story continues in 2016 with Riding with the Rohirrim to the Battle of Pelennor Fields and then taking the battle to the enemy as we push towards the Black Gates! It is going to be an exciting year to be sure.
Major 2016 Initiatives:

Level Cap increase to 105: Build on your heroism and power with 5 more levels of character advancement. Your Imbued Legendary Items will not need to be replaced, but will continue to grow and level with you.

New Fellowship Challenges: The Battle of Pelennor Fields will contain a new instance cluster as well as a long awaited 12-man raid! :o :shock: :D

New Collections: We will be adding UI elements to help you see and catalogue many of the items you can already find in game. Our first collection system will be around emotes. Ever wondered what emotes are available to you, what they look like or where you can get them? Now you will know!

Quality of Life: Much like last year, we will continue to make quarterly patches that focus on bug fixing and general improvements to Quality of Life.

Thank you for your continued commitment to this team and to our game. We look forward to seeing you in Middle-Earth as LOTRO enters its 9th year!
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Re: Executive Producer's Letter for 2016

Post by Arc » Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:09 pm

Vyvyanne wrote:2015 was a great year for LOTRO, and we hope you agree!
Nope, sorry. I don't. I really don't. :shock:

And after having multiplied the ridiculously insane grind by a factor of 10, pushing Lord of the Grind into astronomical proportions, you now want to raise the level cap so that everyone should be forced to discard everything and start it all over again? And with what, another factor 50 on top of that? *facepalm*

A new raid sounds great - at least on paper. I'm just worried this will be a botched job with little care or concern put into it (i.e. more along the lines of Erebor raids rather than the awesome ToO), as seems to be the case with every new thing being added these days.
But regardless, I'm afraid this will fall into the "too little, too late" category, for many (or even most?) who have been "long awaiting" this. :?

Call me a cynic, but with Turbine's trackrecord of saying one thing and then implementing its exact opposite (e.g. trait trees, imbument system, ...), I can't say I'm holding my breath really. Cautiously optimistic would be the very best I could muster atm.
We'll see...
Archturus (the 'h' is silent!!) -- Rune-keeper, 105; Tailor
Deorwen -- Warden, 88+; Jeweller (+ Cook)
Gilbrindal -- Captain, 100; Historian
Kitsunegari -- Huntress, 100; Weaponsmith
Safirlotus -- Minstrel, (65+); Scholar
Skullrend -- Guardian, (52+); Jeweller
Nareraumo -- LM, (40+); Yeoman

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Re: Executive Producer's Letter for 2016

Post by Balthelion » Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:56 pm

2015 was a great year for LOTRO




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