Turbine Loses its Patience

Today marks a sad day in the LOTRO Community. Today, Patience announced on Twitter that this Friday will be her last day at Turbine. Here’s what she had to say on the forums:

Without question, working at Turbine and with such incredible communities, games, and players has been the highlight of my career. I have so many excellent memories – the birth of the populs, the legends of the chinchillas, LOTROG I & II, meeting so many of you at PAX on both coasts, plus a lot of our European players at GamesCom! Alpha, pre-beta, closed beta, open beta, launch and beyond. What a great six years it’s been.

I’m heading back to the west coast, where I grew up (yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a Los Angeles native), to be closer to my family. I am going to miss my Turbine family very much, but thanks to Twitter and Facebook, this isn’t goodbye.

You are all in very capable hands with the community folks old and new (well, Sapience is old, anyway – HA! YES! ONE LAST DIG!). They’ll keep working hard to keep the community informed and thriving all the way to Mordor.

Take care, my friends, and safe travels in Middle-earth!

With much affection,
Meghan, aka Patience

Good luck, wherever the road may take you :)

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Fans of Epics Rejoice: Volume 2 Revamp is Coming!

Sapience said in a recent thread:

The main story arc (not the Epilogues) of Volume II is being revamped in the same manner Volume I was in the past. So you’ll be able to choose to solo through it if you wish.

For those of you (I should say ‘us’ as I am included in this group) who have not been able to finish Volume 2 due to the large amount of group required content, fear no more. You too shall be able to use Inspired Greatness (or something similar, I assume) to finally finish off your Volume 2 quests. Yay!

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Everyone’s in a Tizzy!

So it seems with today’s announcement, everyone has just flown off the handle with speculation and assumption, as people are wont to do when an expansion is announced. It seems the biggest(and false) assumption that many people are making is that there will be no more updates until the expansion. Sapience has written the following to clear up some rumors:

For starters, we have said for the past few months that we were on the road to Isengard with a target late in 2011. So today’s announcement reinforces those comments and puts a name to that goal.

I know some players had hoped Rohan would be next, but we have only ever referred to Rohan as a place we will go to eventually and we will. We’ll also go to Mordor at some point. It’s just not ‘next’.

Despite some misinterpretation in the press, there are no plans for Isengard to contain open-world PvMP or PvP.

I’ve seen at least one comment suggesting mounted combat is coming with Isengard, this is also inaccurate. I don’t think it’s any secret that we’ve been working on our mounts system and adding in various features. Kate has even stated in interviews that we’re working on various concepts and prototypes for it. Clearly, we are interested in bringing this feature to our game, but it won’t be in 2011.

And finally, just because you know what’s coming at the end of next year it doesn’t mean there is nothing until then. We’ve already said we’re hard at work on our first update for 2011 and we’ve spoken openly about new raids, the removal of radiance, and a revamp of the Legendary item system. All of this and more is planned before Isengard releases in the fall.

Also, here is some more info for those who missed it (because I know I sure did until just now): In this interview with Adam Mersky and Aaron Campell, we get some more insight into the Rise of Isengard Expansion and 2011 in general. A lot of the article talks about the upcoming Novembe Update, however here are some juicy tidbits about what we can expect in 2011:

  • More zones and epic story books
  • The cosmetic system is getting an upgrade. Turbine promises more outfit tabs, more slots, and a whole lot of new items to wear.
  • Non-combat pets for all!
  • New endgame raids (emphasis on the s)
  • New mid-level instances
  • Lvl 65 First Agers
  • LI revamp
  • Good riddance to Radiance

And some more specifics on Rise of Isengard, not including those things I had mentioned in my last post:

  • Includes the zones Dunland, Gap of Rohan, and Isengard
  • PvMP for everyone, including F2P
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Rise of Isengard Expansion Announced!

According to the press release, we get…

  • Level cap raise to 70
  • New areas, including Isengard and Dunland
  • New PvMP enhancements, including a new zone!
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    Mystery Announcement!

    According to their Twitter feed and the forums, there is going to be a big announcement for LOTRO tomorrow!

    And they want us to guess what it is, apparently. So go forth, spread thy rumors!

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