Today, Standing Stone Games announced new “Legendary” servers for their venerable MMORPG, Lord of the Rings Online. Interestingly, it isn’t necessarily a “Classic” server, but it is a rollback of sorts.
Is the Legendary server a “Classic” or “Vanilla” server?
By most descriptions, a “Classic” server is an attempt to recreate LOTRO exactly as it was at launch, using only assets and content that was available in 2007.
A Legendary server runs alongside existing servers, and therefore contains many of the changes that have been made to the game over the years, such as UI improvements, bug fixes, changes to game systems, etc. In cases where we have updated or changed the layout of regions, the Legendary server uses the updated version of the regions. In cases where we have changed items or player abilities, the Legendary server uses those updated abilities. Some content or gameplay that isn’t appropriate to the Legendary server’s current level cap may be restricted, until that portion of the story unlocks with level cap increases (one does not simply walk into Mordor on Legendary until the time comes).
Currently, the maximum level in LOTRO is 120, but on the Legendary servers you can only level up to 50, like in the original release of LOTRO. Players will need a “VIP” subscription in order to play on these servers. Also of note is that players from Europe will not receive separate servers – there are only one set of servers worldwide.
As explained, players will be able to level to 50 like the original 2007-08 release of Lord of the Rings Online, and they will be able to access the LOTRO Store and Trait trees, along with later released classes such as the Rune-Keeper or the Warden (which were both released with the Mines of Moria expansion), and the Beorning, which was released with the “Gondor Aflame” patch in 2014. Players will also be able to play as a High-Elf, which was added in the Mordor expansion last year.
PvMP (Player Vs Monster Player) will not be available on launch, and the servers will be available from the main client, so players will not have to download an alternate client. Standing Stone Games also plans on “expanding the content approximately every 4 months”, so players can expect to enter the Mines of Moria in early 2019.
What do you think of this news? Will you return to Lord of the Rings Online? Let us know in the comments!