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LOTRO to close 19 out of 29 servers

Lumion / Aug 04, 2015
Not sure if anyone ever played LOTRO. I was in beta and played for 2-3 years at the start and on and off several times since. I always thought it was well done. Hope this isn't the end, but it doesn't look good.

Greetings Citizens of Middle-Earth!

We are finally ready to reveal the details on the new World Transfer process, the consolidation of LOTRO's worlds, and their movement to a brand new data center. We appreciate your patience as we have worked to make the new transfer process as well-rounded, simple, and effortless as possible. The first part of this article will discuss our timeline and the second part will go over the details of the new transfer features themselves. So grab a goblet of Elvish Wine and kick back, because this will be a long one.

On August 3rd we will announce the worlds that will be impacted and the entire game will be brought down for a small patch which will send out an in-game email to all characters notifying them of the beginning of the World Closures and what that will entail along with a link back to this article and others to be released in the coming weeks. Additionally Character Creation on the worlds we are closing will be turned off at this time.

All characters on all worlds will receive a gift box as a thank you from us as a remembrance of the worlds we will be closing that hold so many fond memories for all of us. The Free Peoples' gift box will contain a Title Picker Box “Of <World> with choice of any of the 29 worlds, hooded and hoodless variants of a cloak, and a housing banner decoration. Monster Characters will receive the monster version of the Title Box “Bane of <World>” with choice of any of the 29 worlds.

The new Transfer Service will become available with this patch. You will be able to access it through the launcher at the World Selection screen after logging into your account. There will be a button that says “Transfer” underneath the “Play” button. Beginning August 3rd the service will be available for copying characters to the Bullroarer Test World. Free moves will begin later in August between the ten worlds (5 US and 5 EU) that will be remaining available after the end of this year. This is just the beginning of the process.

We will be monitoring the transfers between those worlds for a couple weeks and if all is going well, we will move on to the next step of the process which will be to turn off Auction Houses on the first two of the sunsetting worlds and allow characters, kinships and shared items on those worlds to move to the ten remaining worlds.

Once again we will monitor the moves and if all is going well we will move on to the next two worlds and so on until we feel comfortable with opening transfers off of all of the impacted worlds. The theme here is a slow and steady migration.

On October 1st, transfers between the remaining ten will once again become paid, however transfers off of the impacted worlds will remain free indefinitely.

After the start of the new year you will no longer be able to play on the impacted worlds. You will still be able to see the worlds, and the characters and shared account items will remain available for migration to a remaining world indefinitely.

As you can see, this is a monumental effort and we want to do it as correctly and painlessly as possible. We will be providing lists of the next worlds to be opened for transfer as we go along. We also have in-game mails that will go off when your world is ready so you will see it whether you check the site or the game for your updates. We will also be updating more precise timelines as we close in on each event and have a higher degree of accuracy.

Characters on all of these worlds will be saved and will be available to transfer to a remaining world for free, indefinitely.

We will begin the transfer process by opening the test world, Bullroarer, for character copy. We will then open transfers between the 10 remaining worlds. Then the worlds that are closing will be opened for transfer, a few at a time, in the order they are listed below. Please watch the website, forums, and launcher for announcements regarding timing. *Note: Brandywine will be unavailable for incoming transfers for a time until population and load can be re-evaluated on new hardware.*

The remaining worlds are Arkenstone, Crickhollow, Landroval, Gladden, and Brandywine for US players, and Belegaer, Gwaihir, Sirannon, Laurelin, and Evernight for EU players.
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Zounds. I did play way back when, but silly as it sounds I think the main reason why I stuck with SWtOR instead of any other MMO is the voiceover work. LotRO et al. all started feeling lonely very quickly.
Lumion
More bad news, not turning out to be a good week for MMORPGs:

World of Warcraft subscriber numbers hit nine-year low on the eve of new expansion reveal

By Philip Kollar on Aug 04, 2015 at 5:09p

Some World of Warcraft fans were surprised to find out that Blizzard is already announcing a new expansion when the latest, Warlords of Draenor, just hit last year. But new numbers released today as part of Activision's second quarter 2015 financial results may explain why the developer is rushing into what's next.

According to the press release from Activision, World of Warcraft is at 5.6 million subscribers as of the end of the second quarter, which is June 30, 2015. The press release stresses that the game's latest update, "Fury of Hellfire," just arrived on June 23 and "helped stabilize the subscriber number towards the end of the quarter."

In a call to investors, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime noted that the Warlords of Draenor expansion brought more returning players to the game than any previously. He said the company is focused on increasing the pace of content to help retain players, and also that he believes next year's World of Warcraft movie may help bring in new players.

World of Warcraft's subscription numbers dropped as low as 6.8 million during the Mists of Pandaria expansion, but the company has not reported numbers as low as 5.6 million since 2005, just one year after World of Warcraft released. This is down 1.5 million from 7.1 million in March 2015, a number which itself was down from 10 million. The nearly 3 million WoW subscriber loss was considered the biggest quarterly drop in the game's history.

Blizzard recently added in the ability for players to pay for their monthly fee using "WoW Tokens" rather than real money. Presumably these numbers are included in World of Warcraft's overall subscriber numbers.

World of Warcraft's sixth expansion will be announced on Thursday.
Miz
Well if anyone still plays let us know what server you end up on. I used to play LoTRO back in the day, but I was still in the Navy then and the carrier I was stationed on was gone alot. I still like the game, but I'm just tired of fantasy games. I'm all about the sci-fi games now 8)
Miz
So yeah, I figured I see whats changed since last I played. Well I had a TON of Turbine Points, some new classes and a new Race/Class the Beorn 8) I ended up spending over 8k points and still have a bunch left. I guess buying that lifetime membership finally paid off. I just realized I've been playing it as much as I could for the last 4 days heh.

I checked all the servers listed and I'm going to move to Arkenstone since I'll only lose two out of six names.
Kairah
I need to get back to poking at lotro at some point. I have enough stupid Turbine points to get all of the expansions and quest packs with change left over. Might as well use 'em.

On the plus side, it looks like my server (Brandywine) is one of the survivors.
Miz
I have a level 20 on Brandywine. All my others are on Vilya. I'd move all my toons there, but atm its not open to tranfers. Although they did say they will eventually open it up to go to BW
Liralin
Awww, love LoTRo! I have a lifetime subscription when it was offered for something like $100. I think the benefit of that now is ingame coin or something like that. I had to stop playing because I had a new computer that I overclocked, and then the game wouldn't work. Old technology/code in that game. They needed to update it. It's a fantastic game though! ....yes, I'm still alive but work has had me very busy. I still have a subscription to SWTOR too! gosh what a waste...but I can't seem to press the cancel button...

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