Lord of the Rings Online’s Producer Talks Future Update Changes

Lord of the Rings Online players wondering how things would change for them after the free-to-play relaunch can rest a little easier now. In her monthly producer’s note, Turbine’s Kate Paiz outlined some of the good news about the state of the game and outlined a bit regarding how the company will be adjusting its approach to further content expansion.

Turbine is moving away from the Book/Chapter updates which dominated the game since launch, often including huge storyline advancement along with game tweaks. Instead, the company will adopt smaller, non-story tied updates to allow more frequent content flow.

On the topic of updates, I wanted to let you know that we have shifted the way we think about our releases. In the past our updates depended on new Books being added to the Epic story. Going forward, updates will not always feature a new installment in the epic story line. By decoupling the Books from Updates we’ll have the flexibility to offer different types of new content and new features in each release. This will also allow us to do more releases each year. Don’t worry, continuing the Epic Story and continuing along the path of the Ring is very important to us! We’ll have more information to share about that and our plans for 2011 in the coming months.

Paiz also highlighted some of the planned changes for the game:

Here’s a quick look at some of what you can expect in the November Update:

  • Tasks – a new content type for all players to enjoy in the early game
  • A major revision to the Vault
  • New skills and updates for the Lore-master and Rune-keeper classes.
  • A change to the way we handle the Mines of Moria and Siege of Mirkwood expansion packs.

The Moria and Mirkwood expansion packs will still be purchasable in the LOTRO Store, but all players will be able to enter those areas and play through the epic quests just as you can currently with the Shadows of Angmar areas.

You can read all the details over on the Lord of the Rings Online Community site.

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