Lord of the Rings Online House of Commons Developer Chat


I had the good fortune to make it to the Lord of the Rings Online House of Commons hosted by Stratics last night. Gamers had a chance to question Allan “Orion” Maki a senior designer, Keth the Lead Content Designer,¬† Matt “Scenario” Elliott – Lead Worldbuilder, Saffron who works in the Online Community Relations on the forums, Constant – Staff Designer, Meghan “Patience” Rodberg – Community Manager at Turbine and¬†Cardell “Annuvin” Kerr.

The developers talked a lot about the housing coming up in the next expansion update. Housing will be grouped into neighborhoods with thirty houses. Out of those thirty – 16 are “Tier 1″ that nearly everyone should be able to afford and maintain, 10 are more elaborate and costly “Tier 2″ homes and 4 are the spacious Kinship Homes. All homes will be customizable inside and out, with some storage available.

They also revealed some details on upcoming changes to PvP play. This will probably involve fighting in the War of the Rings as a player character or monster although playing as one of Saurons minions sometime in the future is a possibility. Troll and Ranger play is being tinkered with as well.
Additionally there will be more high level content coming soon. The Developers had a lot to say about new options for character customization such as Kinship specific clothing as well as tweaks and new content for classes as LotRO continues its Month of the “Character Class” features. The Hunter and the Captain have already got a work over and the Loremaster and the Minstrel class will have their chance soon. Specifically there will be changes on the way Loremasters impact the undead.

Apparently Orion is a Labyrinth fan as he got carried away while talking about Goblin town in the upcoming expansion. They also mentioned that Turbine is shooting for a release of Book 11 by the end of October.
For the full Lord of the Rings Online House of Commons transcript, check out Stratics. I also highly recommend participating in future House of Commons Developer chats. There is one scheduled for tomorrow featuring the Flying Labs crew on Pirates of the Burning Sea.

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