Steefel Reveals Reaction to LotRO: Book 12


Gamers are waiting for a big announcement from Turbine about The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar at Connect 2008. In the meantime Jeffrey Steefel, the Executive Producer of LotRO, sat down to talk about the reaction to the Book 12: Ashen Wastes update.

The new outfit system is going over very well. In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t read any of the articles on this new feature; players can now wear an outfit for purely cosmetic reasons over their goofy looking mismatched armor that’s awesome for bonuses. For a small fee, they can also visit the Barber to modify hair color and style as well as other features. It’s really no surprise that this new edition was a success. With the demand for character customization on the rise, I’m sure other MMOs will follow soon.

The experiment in Monster play introduced with the Delving of Frór is also a success. Players will see more content like it in future updates.

In Conclusion, Steefel also offered a few facts and extra tidbits of information on upcoming events.

  • The first anniversary of LotRO is coming up in April. We shouldn’t expect the developers to let the anniversary slide without some kind of celebration.
  • Speaking of celebrations, the Spring Festival is nearly upon us. The devs have a number of events planned, but this year we are told that players will actually be able to get their hands on fireworks… Should be interesting.
  • In terms of the races that people play, the number one race is Human, followed by Elf, with the Hobbit winning out by a slim margin over the sturdy Dwarf.
  • Turbine is looking for the right time to add in some kind of activities that members of housing neighborhoods can participate in. No details as of yet, but it’s another feature to keep an eye out for.


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