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    Until when will the game go?

    Hello Everyone !

    I would have a question for you, because I am really interested (and a bit worried) in the topic. It is often said nowdays: "Is LotRO dying?" and words like these. Some people say that, the end of this beautiful game approaches, but many people say it is still flowing and evolving and has a huge amout of players. However, I don't really know what is the real truth. LotRO is a really super game, especially for huge Tolkien fans like me, therefore it has a very long life, and as I see it is still going very well even after 11 years. But, regardless of it I am really curious, until when will it keep going aproximately? I discovered LotRO in October 2017 (sadly somehow I didn't knew about it's excisting before), and started to play, but I am still at the very beginning of my adventures in Middle-earth (lvl 42), and still don't have a good pc so I mostly suffer from lag and horrible crashing instead of enjoying this wonderful game (probably I will have pc in aprox. 1 year from now). So I would like to know: Do I have enought time to enjoy this game out and accomplish my goals and adventures? And overall how many years kept for LotRO based on what we the players know about the topic? Or I came too late, and the game will close it's gates soon? Sorry for the curiousity, just I am a bit worried I don't ask SSG to tell any of LotRO's future, just that, what you guys think? Personally I really really hope, LotRO has a lot of time back.

    Best regards, Turambar

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    SSG said they intend to develope the game for many more years. You've got plenty of time.

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    Nothing to worry about. People have been predicting Lotro's demise since it opened. Turbine sold off Lotro about a year ago. If it was really dying, there would've been no buyers and it would've been shut down.

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    It will continue as long as it is economically viable, which nobody can really speak to unless they're privy to the internal financials (and if they were they certainly should not be posting about it here!)

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    Thank you guys very much for informing me ! I don't worry anymore !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turambar_04 View Post
    Hello Everyone !

    I would have a question for you, because I am really interested (and a bit worried) in the topic. It is often said nowdays: "Is LotRO dying?" and words like these. Some people say that, the end of this beautiful game approaches, but many people say it is still flowing and evolving and has a huge amout of players. However, I don't really know what is the real truth. LotRO is a really super game, especially for huge Tolkien fans like me, therefore it has a very long life, and as I see it is still going very well even after 11 years. But, regardless of it I am really curious, until when will it keep going aproximately? I discovered LotRO in October 2017 (sadly somehow I didn't knew about it's excisting before), and started to play, but I am still at the very beginning of my adventures in Middle-earth (lvl 42), and still don't have a good pc so I mostly suffer from lag and horrible crashing instead of enjoying this wonderful game (probably I will have pc in aprox. 1 year from now). So I would like to know: Do I have enought time to enjoy this game out and accomplish my goals and adventures? And overall how many years kept for LotRO based on what we the players know about the topic? Or I came too late, and the game will close it's gates soon? Sorry for the curiousity, just I am a bit worried I don't ask SSG to tell any of LotRO's future, just that, what you guys think? Personally I really really hope, LotRO has a lot of time back.

    Best regards, Turambar
    People have been asking this since 2007.

    No, the game is not dying, and we have no reason to believe it will be ending any time soon. There is zero evidence (besides useless conspiracy theories) that the game is dying. Enjoy the game. You don't have anything to worry about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daugon View Post
    People have been asking this since 2007.

    No, the game is not dying, and we have no reason to believe it will be ending any time soon. There is zero evidence (besides useless conspiracy theories) that the game is dying. Enjoy the game. You don't have anything to worry about.
    Thank you very much! I am glad to hear it.

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    The game will probably go until the version of software it runs on is so old it can't be run by modern equipment.
    Phrasing! Doesn't anybody do phrasing anymore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowlock View Post
    The game will probably go until the version of software it runs on is so old it can't be run by modern equipment.
    Arguably it has already reached that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowlock View Post
    The game will probably go until the version of software it runs on is so old it can't be run by modern equipment.
    Everquest one is here for 18 years, Ultima Online is for 21. As it has been mentioned: as long as the game is profitable.

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    Not to be morbid but I'm kinda hoping it ends before I die. I mean, I'd like to get to the end and see what happens. I'd be most disappointed to have to leave part way through.

    I've been kinda half seriously thinking about putting a suggestion in that they add an "I'm sorry but I have to sail into the West now" quest/session play/instance for those of us that may have to depart.

    Yeah. Bit morbid. Sorry.

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    If anything, I would say that LOTRO is picking up momentum at the moment. They have gotten new developers, new engineer, new GMs, etc. in the recent months so they are definitely making a decent amount of money to be able to do these things. New endgame content is imminent and the current level of communication between players and staff is very good.

    Anyone who says it is dying right now is just too pessimistic.

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    I remember about 10 years ago some guy in the forums stated that LOTRO was a scam and that Turbine was just ripping people off and did not expect the game to last more than a year. Patience, our first CM, chimed in and said "Yeah, Turbine is going to spend tens of millions of dollars on an MMO and not expect it to last year", and she ended the post with a "riggggggght".

    To this day I still remember all the posts after that with "LOL", "ROFL", and snarky remarks likes "Someone got burned!".
    Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming "WOW, what a ride!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turambar_04 View Post
    Hello Everyone !

    I would have a question for you, because I am really interested (and a bit worried) in the topic. It is often said nowdays: "Is LotRO dying?" and words like these.
    People have been saying that, off and on, since the initial launch, Shadows of Angmar, in 2007. There were many who said, "Don't buy a lifetime membership, it'll never pay for itself." Mine has paid for itself many times over.

    Some people say that, the end of this beautiful game approaches, but many people say it is still flowing and evolving and has a huge amout of players. However, I don't really know what is the real truth. LotRO is a really super game, especially for huge Tolkien fans like me, therefore it has a very long life, and as I see it is still going very well even after 11 years. But, regardless of it I am really curious, until when will it keep going approximately?
    Nobody can say. The vague answer is "as long as it can pay for itself," but nobody can put a hard or even a soft-and-fuzzy date to that.

    I discovered LotRO in October 2017 (sadly somehow I didn't knew about it's excisting before), and started to play, but I am still at the very beginning of my adventures in Middle-earth (lvl 42), and still don't have a good pc so I mostly suffer from lag and horrible crashing instead of enjoying this wonderful game (probably I will have pc in aprox. 1 year from now).
    That ought to help a lot. If you can possibly manage it, get a solid-state drive for your new machine; that will improve its performance significantly.

    So I would like to know: Do I have enought time to enjoy this game out and accomplish my goals and adventures?
    I think you do. The advantage of this game, of course, is that every region is set in its own time, and if you wanted to start a new character tomorrow, s/he would start out in the Shire (if you're a Hobbit) shortly after Frodo and his friends left Bag End; similar starting dates for the other races. The whole game is waiting for you.

    And overall how many years kept for LotRO based on what we the players know about the topic?
    We, the players, know *nothing* about the topic. SSG may have a few rough estimates of how long the game might last, but nothing is cut in stone. As the Danish physicist Niels Bohr said, prediction is very difficult ... especially about the future.

    Or I came too late, and the game will close it's gates soon? Sorry for the curiousity, just I am a bit worried I don't ask SSG to tell any of LotRO's future, just that, what you guys think? Personally I really really hope, LotRO has a lot of time back.
    I think you should stop worrying and enjoy the game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arabani View Post
    Everquest one is here for 18 years, Ultima Online is for 21. As it has been mentioned: as long as the game is profitable.
    No, my quote applies to EVerquest and UO too.
    Phrasing! Doesn't anybody do phrasing anymore?

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    WoW, Ultima Online is 21 years old? Awesome game, really enjoyed it. Had to quit because it got too addictive. I ended up giving away my virtual house and all my other stuff to some people at the Brit bank, deleted my characters, and uninstalled the game. Took willpower to do it too.
    Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming "WOW, what a ride!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Altair6 View Post
    Not to be morbid but I'm kinda hoping it ends before I die. I mean, I'd like to get to the end and see what happens. I'd be most disappointed to have to leave part way through.

    I've been kinda half seriously thinking about putting a suggestion in that they add an "I'm sorry but I have to sail into the West now" quest/session play/instance for those of us that may have to depart.

    Yeah. Bit morbid. Sorry.
    Enjoy life, while it lasts, my friend, knowing that everything is just for now. We never take anything for granted, we are just grateful for it in the now. Although, I certainly hope that you live long in healthy and hapiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turambar_04 View Post
    It is often said nowdays: "Is LotRO dying?" and words like these. Some people say that, the end of this beautiful game approaches,

    That has been said pretty much since the game launched, and yet LOTRO is still here.
    Unless a game is doing spectacularly well, there will be people claiming it is dead or dying.

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    It should go in to full maintenance mode for at least a couple of years before they turn it off, its just pure speculation how far off that is. The recent quest pack helps things look promising for the future, none of us know though if the majority of that pack was already built before ssg took over, same goes for the Mordor expansion. The amount of downtimes to fix issues created by the developers is a concern, if they are out of their depth now what will it be like when they have to create all new material themselves? Like someone else said though-just enjoy it while its here and don't stress of what could/might happen in the future

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    I don't think I've ever seen an MMO forum where there wasn't at least one post proclaiming the near-death of the game. There will always be someone who's not enjoying the game, and therefore think that nobody's enjoying it, and that the game will die soon. I've seen this on the LOTRO forums, the WoW forums, Rift, SWTOR, and others, sometimes mere months after release. It's a very loud minority who can't fathom that other people have different experiences than themselves.

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    I was nearly Perfect in predicting the future. Nearly Perfect as near Perfect Sapphire found within the Rifit of Nurz Ghashu.

    Remember the moment Adan, 8-10 years,at least. The Future of LOTRO shines bright. The SSG did incredible,beyond mortal comprehension work.

    They even exceed my expectations, Only the Greatest can perform such an ardours inhumane task.

    As for typical, Game will die, it sucks and so on, There was a talk about game's death since 2007, it never happen,lies,hoaxes,twisted words..

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    Oh, the doomsayers have been saying LOTRO was dying since launch. 11 years of dying.
    Its all good.

    MAWorking had the highest post count on the pre-beta LOTRO forums. He was truly an icon and clearly, hasn't changed a bit. -Meghan/aka Patience

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joetzim View Post
    Enjoy life, while it lasts, my friend, knowing that everything is just for now. We never take anything for granted, we are just grateful for it in the now. Although, I certainly hope that you live long in healthy and hapiness.
    Asheron's Call 2 shut down at the end of 2006. We got the announcement eighteen weeks before; development stopped at that point. So I spent one week plotting, and then wrote a seventeen-chapter fanfic bringing the loose strands of the story to a satisfying (to me, anyway) conclusion, and it appeared week by week on one of the fan sites.

    Toward the end, with the major problems solved, the seriously wicked baddies killed off, and two of the good guys allowed at last to leave the world, one of my characters was told by an old NPC,

    "Don't grieve too much. We all go into the Light eventually, and in its radiance we find everything we ever sought. All that was lost will be found again. Even this world, that is so fair and so fragile, will die as we die: its shining skies, its towering mountains and green fields, and the works we have built upon them, all will crumble into dust and be lost in darkness, like a candle flame that is blown out. But in the end we shall have it all again, and more, the little moon restored, the broken hills smoothed out, the twisted creatures returned to their proper forms, all made new and whole again. All we have to do is what's asked of us, while our time lasts."
    Or, as Aragorn put it, "We are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory."
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    SSG has plans for many many years. You have lots of time. I think we will see easy see a 20th birthday.

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    Well, I don't think the game will be here for 5 billion years, but I'm hoping it lasts at least 200 years or so

    Quote Originally Posted by Cordovan View Post
    Here's an overview from Enchanted Learning:

    In about 5 billion years from now, the sun will begin to die.

    As the Sun grows old, it will expand. As the core runs out of hydrogen and then helium, the core will contract and the outer layers will expand, cool, and become less bright. It will become a red giant star.

    After this phase, the outer layers of the Sun will continue to expand. As this happens, the core will contract; the helium atoms in the core will fuse together, forming carbon atoms and releasing energy. The core will then be stable since the carbon atoms are not further compressible.


    Then the outer layers of the Sun drift off into space, forming a planetary nebula (a planetary nebula has nothing to do with planets), exposing the core.

    Most of its mass will go to the nebula. The remaining Sun will cool and shrink; it will eventually be only a few thousand miles in diameter!


    The star is now a white dwarf, a stable star with no nuclear fuel. It radiates its left-over heat for billions of years. When its heat is all dispersed, it will be a cold, dark black dwarf - essentially a dead star (perhaps replete with diamonds, highly compressed carbon).

    It is likely that when the sun dies we will have to evaluate our ability to continue developing the game.
    ;) “There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.” ~ Hindu Proverb

 

 
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