I’ve been chewing on the preliminary patch notes for LOTRO’s upcoming Update 13 this morning and finding the taste quite palatable. It’s a good mix of quality-of-life improvements and much-needed content, and as a decent patch should have, it looks to contain something for everyone.
The revamps of three (!) lower-level zones is a pretty major feat in and of itself. I probably won’t be leveling up a new character any time in the forseeable future, but I don’t begrudge the fixes for those who have gotten bogged down in the 30s and 40s. Misty Mountains and Trollshaws in particular always irked me with how fragmented and non-intuitive they were. That’s a shame, as they’re both visually striking areas that should have good quest flow to back it up.
Personally I’m most excited about the two new zones (lots of Ent play coming with them, too) and the improved mail system. I take my time with zone progression, so I’m hoping to spread these and the attached epic storyline out for a couple of months at least. Should get me to WildStar’s launch. I am about ready to leave the Rohan/Isengard section of the game, considering that we’ve been here for years now, and both Gondor and Mordor await.
My Lore-master just got into Enedwaith in the epic story, so while she’s making progress she’s probably not getting up to the current story cap any time soon. It is so dang nice to just focus on the main storyline, let me tell you. I don’t feel cheated out of content either.