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LOTRO is in trouble.

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  • BMBenderBMBender Nowhere, NCPosts: 568Member Uncommon

    Haven't played in over a year so can't say what it's like now.  But I got curi0ous and wandered over to my old stomping grounds and saw this:

    https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?534986-Guardian-soloing-many-3man-T2c-6man-videos-and-more-)
    tells me all I need to know

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  • OnsabooOnsaboo GreenwichPosts: 48Member

    Am truly gutted about some of the LOTRO staff who've been laid off.

    But, for anyone who doesn't live in some crazy fantasy land this should be NO surprise.  The game had so few devs working on it already and even THEY have been culled. We're gonna be lucky to make it to Gondor never mind Mordor.

  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Chicago, ILPosts: 1,517Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by killion81
    Originally posted by Sovrath

    I doubt another developer would make another Lord of the Rings mmo.

     

    Not because they wouldn't want to, but rather Disney will NEVER let go of those rights.  Of all companies in existence, Disney has done more lobbying to extend patent duration and coverage than any other.  (OK, I may be wrong on that, maybe some other company has done more, but Disney has done a LOT.)  In fact, Disney is one of the companies spearheading the charge for everyone's favorite internet regulation changes, stuff like SOPA and everything that has spawned off of it.

    Heard the same thing.  Otherwise their licenses for Mickey and others would have run out a long long time ago.  They keep getting the laws extended or put on hold by congress.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/25/15-years-ago-congress-kept-mickey-mouse-out-of-the-public-domain-will-they-do-it-again/

    "Change is the only constant."

  • tagostagos lancasterPosts: 12Member

    LOTRO was my first MMO. Spent huge amounts on content and TP.  Helms Deep and the Skill Tree system makes it one that a kitten walking over the keyboard can solo tank 6 man instances.  Completely challenge free. Completely the same phoned in 'kill 10 of this, gather 10 of that' nonsense quests. 

    Stroll to L95 with the same 3 button rotation every other member of your class is using. Sure - that's fun.

    Big Battles? Can't play your class? Give me a break.

    I've gone from a well-paying customer to ex-paying customer. 

     

     

  • LydonLydon Cape TownPosts: 2,913Member Uncommon
    I downloaded it early this week after having not played in years, but alas the game's age is truly showing. I couldn't bring myself to finish the tutorial mission.

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  • GetzMangoGetzMango CT USAPosts: 178Member Uncommon
    This thread make me sad, stop making me sad!

    Every MMORPG is AWESOME, until it's released!
    I don't want a game so much as I want a WORLD!
    --
    o·pin·ion –noun
    1. a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
    2. a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.

  • tagostagos lancasterPosts: 12Member
    Originally posted by GetzMango
    This thread make me sad, stop making me sad!

    I stop myself being sad about the demise of a game I've played since exception by contemplating how much fun Elder Scrolls Online is going to be.  I played in the 2 beta weekends and am really looking forward to playing it for many years.

  • GetzMangoGetzMango CT USAPosts: 178Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by tagos
    Originally posted by GetzMango
    This thread make me sad, stop making me sad!

    I stop myself being sad about the demise of a game I've played since exception by contemplating how much fun Elder Scrolls Online is going to be.  I played in the 2 beta weekends and am really looking forward to playing it for many years.

    I'm not ready to put all my MMO eggs into the ESO basket just yet. I'm not convinced t is the game I'm looking for.

    Every MMORPG is AWESOME, until it's released!
    I don't want a game so much as I want a WORLD!
    --
    o·pin·ion –noun
    1. a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
    2. a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.

  • KhebelnKhebeln DoncasterPosts: 689Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Onsaboo
    • Right now there's spam threads and porn on the official boards which have been there for ages.
    • The last expansion was buggy as shit and STILL remains unfinished.
    • There is huge amounts of lag for many players which Turbine refuses to even acknowledge.
    • Turbine are consistently lying to its playerbase.
    • Turbine refuse to make any more group content and is bleeding players because of it; their replacement for end-game content, big battles, are shockingly bad.
    It's time to give this beloved IP to another developer to salvage something from it. Turbine used to be an excellent dev but I no longer recognise this company.

    Surprise surprise.... not really.  Thats what you get once game goes F2P. And people wonder why i prefer P2P

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  • Mr_CMr_C Tel AvivPosts: 112Member
    LOTRO has always been a shitty game. I hope this is the end for it, so the ip can be handed over to someone who creates a world as Tolkien described it, with a combat that avoids one falling asleep.
  • TibernicuspaTibernicuspa Amherest, MAPosts: 1,198Member
    Originally posted by Mr_C
    LOTRO has always been a shitty game. I hope this is the end for it, so the ip can be handed over to someone who creates a world as Tolkien described it, with a combat that avoids one falling asleep.

    Hell, I'd like to see it back in the hands of the original Turbine developers who were making it a sandbox game.

    LotRO has always been devastatingly average to bad, at the best of times. The best thing that can be said for it is the art style, and the small residual features left over from when it was a sandbox game called Middle Earth Online (Morale system, music system, lorebook achievements).

     

    Its a crime against the genre what Turbine did, taking a well loved, talked about, and supported game, and turning it into a mindless WoW clone. If you're going to, 9 months before launch, turn your game into a clone and focus entirely on instances and combat, at least make the combat good.

     

    You get what you deserve Turbine. Chase the WoW crowd and now you're left with a forgettable MMO that pleases no one.

  • tagostagos lancasterPosts: 12Member
    Originally posted by GetzMango
    Originally posted by tagos
    Originally posted by GetzMango
    This thread make me sad, stop making me sad!

    I stop myself being sad about the demise of a game I've played since exception by contemplating how much fun Elder Scrolls Online is going to be.  I played in the 2 beta weekends and am really looking forward to playing it for many years.

    I'm not ready to put all my MMO eggs into the ESO basket just yet. I'm not convinced t is the game I'm looking for.

    Horses for courses I guess. i'm a big ES fan in the first place and I really liked what I found and like even more what can be done.

  • oldboygameroldboygamer NuneatonPosts: 139Member
    Originally posted by Onsaboo
    • Right now there's spam threads and porn on the official boards which have been there for ages.
    • The last expansion was buggy as shit and STILL remains unfinished.
    • There is huge amounts of lag for many players which Turbine refuses to even acknowledge.
    • Turbine are consistently lying to its playerbase.
    • Turbine refuse to make any more group content and is bleeding players because of it; their replacement for end-game content, big battles, are shockingly bad.
    It's time to give this beloved IP to another developer to salvage something from it. Turbine used to be an excellent dev but I no longer recognise this company.

     

     

    Well I've played Helm's Deep all the way through to 95 and never encountered a single bug, and it was finished on release as far as I could see. The usual opinions on here pretending to be facts. Please don't believe all you read from the lotro haters.

  • brokeheroinbrokeheroin San Pablo, CAPosts: 2Member
    Originally posted by oldboygamer
    Originally posted by Onsaboo
    • Right now there's spam threads and porn on the official boards which have been there for ages.
    • The last expansion was buggy as shit and STILL remains unfinished.
    • There is huge amounts of lag for many players which Turbine refuses to even acknowledge.
    • Turbine are consistently lying to its playerbase.
    • Turbine refuse to make any more group content and is bleeding players because of it; their replacement for end-game content, big battles, are shockingly bad.
    It's time to give this beloved IP to another developer to salvage something from it. Turbine used to be an excellent dev but I no longer recognise this company.

     

     

    Well I've played Helm's Deep all the way through to 95 and never encountered a single bug, and it was finished on release as far as I could see. The usual opinions on here pretending to be facts. Please don't believe all you read from the lotro haters.

    Gotta love this guy, when you do a search on google LOTRO bugs there are thousands of search results raging from VIDEO evidence all the way from Players experiences  

    Please don't believe all you read from the lotro lovers.  

    It is a bad game filled with bugs and bad gameplay experience.  

     

  • timidobservertimidobserver Orlando, FLPosts: 245Member
    A friend and I logged back into LOTRO and tried to get back into it. After 3 days we didn't see a single other player. It was empty. We quit again shortly. 
  • LithuanianLithuanian vilniusPosts: 206Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by timidobserver
    A friend and I logged back into LOTRO and tried to get back into it. After 3 days we didn't see a single other player. It was empty. We quit again shortly. 

    No players in Bree / Thorins Hall? Which server is that dead?

  • ShadanwolfShadanwolf Posts: 2,114Member Uncommon

    If a business doesn't take care of its assets ...the MARKETPLACE  will punish them   and the value of the asset will diminish or even disappear. This is a punishment far greater than you not liking the state of a game.

    Enough of this anti business drivel.

  • xAPOCxxAPOCx Vineland, NJPosts: 869Member
    Originally posted by Wiha
    Originally posted by Malvious
    well to bad they got the licence recently renewed until 2017.

    Bad. I'd like to play a true Lord of the Rings game true to Tolkien's legacy. Lotro was even OK for a while but went right downhill after Moria imo.

    This in spades.

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  • RheanonRheanon Catskill Mountains, NYPosts: 126Member
    Originally posted by Siug
    Originally posted by Malvious
    well to bad they got the licence recently renewed until 2017.

    Bad. I'd like to play a true Lord of the Rings game true to Tolkien's legacy. Lotro was even OK for a while but went right downhill after Moria imo.

    I agree that it went downhill after Moria.   Whats the level cap  now 95? 100?  After playing LOTRO for years, I realized that they wanted to keep their player base by increasing the level caps and forcing an endless grind race, instead of focusing on an interesting and creative endgame.  Its a shame.  It was a game with a lot of potential.

  • Pratt2112Pratt2112 Posts: 1,538Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Jean-Luc_Picard
    Originally posted by Loktofeit
    Originally posted by Netspook
    Originally posted by ThomasN7
    It is Turbine what did you expect ? It shocks me that people still think Turbine is actually good.

     

    Said the one with an avatar from an EA game...

    I got a kick out of that, too. :) 

     

    I never found anything bad about Turbine. I mean, I did not like AC2 at all, but I'm not going to hate on a company because they made a game I didn't enjoy. 

    Releasing a paid-for expansion for AC2 just a few months before shutting down the game was definitely a class act.

    Legions released on May 4, 2005. The game went offline almost 8 months later on December 30, 2005.

    That's 2/3 of a year, not "a few months".

    They did not retain enough players to make the game viable and were left with the decision of taking it offline. People like you make it sound like they planned it that way or something.

    I know there's this obsession with some people to try and villify Turbine for the whole AC2 thing. You guys have been at it since the game first went offline - and you're still at it now. It was a lie then. It's no less a lie now.

    It's been 9 years. How about letting go, stop revising history, and move on already, eh?

     

  • VendakuVendaku Halifax, NSPosts: 77Member
    Porn on the official boards? I wonder how no staff member notices that.
  • syriinxsyriinx New York, NYPosts: 1,063Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Rheanon
    Originally posted by Siug
    Originally posted by Malvious
    well to bad they got the licence recently renewed until 2017.

    Bad. I'd like to play a true Lord of the Rings game true to Tolkien's legacy. Lotro was even OK for a while but went right downhill after Moria imo.

    I agree that it went downhill after Moria.   Whats the level cap  now 95? 100?  After playing LOTRO for years, I realized that they wanted to keep their player base by increasing the level caps and forcing an endless grind race, instead of focusing on an interesting and creative endgame.  Its a shame.  It was a game with a lot of potential.

    To be fair LOTRO shouldnt have an end game, it should be all journey.  But thats a game design thats tough to pull off.

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