As always, there are also features that we’re working on but haven’t committed a timeline to. Basically, we’ll ship them when they’re ready. Many of these ideas are based on your feedback, so please keep it coming!
: The next addition to loot options is a system of crafting tied to your Kinship house, which will encourage more social play. Our goal is to create Kinship deeds that you can complete together.
: You’ve said that high-level combat has gotten too easy, and we agree! With new regions we’ll be taking a hard look at balance and adjusting existing opponents or adding new ones.
Why add catapults to the Ettenmoors? Why not? Siege weapons!
We’ll continue to update and improve this system, along with a new battle in 2014. There are some epic conflicts ahead in the story.
Hobnanigans (better known as Chicken Hockey) is a special event for the Bree-fields. You can expect new weekend boosts and events as we go forward.
Looking out to the future, our Palantir reveals multiple updates in 2015. Here are two of them!
: The middle of 2015 brings us deeper in Gondor, and to lands directly contested by Sauron’s armies.
Pelennor Fields and Minas Tirith
: The end of 2015 takes us to one of the defining moments of the War of the Ring, the battle before the walls of Minas Tirith.
As you can tell, we’re in the heart of the story now. It is a tremendous challenge for the team to do justice to these well-known events, but also one we’re thrilled to be undertaking.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into LOTRO’s future plans, and I look forward to your questions and suggestions.