Posted Wed, Jan 12, 2011 by gunky
2011 has been a great year for the Lord of the Rings Online so far. As revealed in our Episode 30 Podcast with Kate Paiz and Adam Mersky, LotRO has tripled its revenue since going free-to-play, with many casual players spending small amounts of real cash to enhance their gaming experience, and many more actually subscribing once they got a taste.
And the rewards for excellence are not just feduciary - PCGamer has named LotRO its MMO of the Year, citing the game's loads of updates, Turbine's attention to detail and the "most friendly and enthusiastic" player community as deciding factors.
Of course, the year has only just begun, and there is much more in store. The Isengard expansion is just a few months away - and by "a few" I mean probably "slightly less than a year, hopefully" - and in the meantime, Turbine has promised several smaller chunks of content to keep the game fresh and fun. And it looks like that new content could be arriving very soon.
Mysterious relics have popped up all over Eriador, much to the chagrin of its NPC residents. Hobbit farmer Bungo Grubbwas so incensed about the mysterious relic that popped up in his pipe-weed field that he wrote a Strongly Worded Letter to the Mayor, which was promptly posted on the LotRO site. There are 5 of these relics for players to find, and a different story for each:
Finding all 5 relics grants the character the title "Calm Before the Storm." At this point, no-one really knows what, exactly, these things are, but it is safe to assume that they are foreshadowing for some kind of new content that will be delivered before long. In our November interview with Aaron Campbell and Adam Mersky, the lads mentioned that there would be "multiple" new raids coming in 2011 before the release of Rise of Isengard (you probably remember from This Article). Could these relics be the key to unlocking these new raids and instances? My money is on "yes," but we'll find out for sure soon enough.