Thursday, August 3, 2023

LOTRO and DDO: The Dawn After the Downtime


Imagine this: You're all set for an epic quest in the mystical realms of Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) or Dungeons and Dragons Online (DDO). But instead of immersing yourself in these fantastical worlds, you find yourself staring at a maintenance screen. For fans of these popular MMORPGs, this was the reality they faced recently when both games underwent a 23-hour downtime ordeal. But fear not, the grass can breathe a sigh of relief, as these titles have now resumed their normal operation.

The Reason Behind the Downtime

So, why the sudden break from the action? The answer lies in the game's in-game storefronts. Both LOTRO and DDO's storefronts were over a decade old and, like an old wooden door in a forgotten dungeon, they were creaking under the weight of time. The downtime was a necessary evil, allowing Standing Stone Games (SSG) to switch these MMORPGs over to a new in-game storefront.

The Dawn After the Downtime

With the maintenance window finally closed, players were welcomed back to a refreshed and revitalized gaming experience. LOTRO returned with Update 36.2, a patch primarily focused on bug fixes, and resumed testing for Update 37. This upcoming update promises a host of exciting new features, including River-hobbits, the Forester event, a stat crunch, Lyndelby premium housing, and changes to the Beorning and Guardian classes.

In addition to these updates, the studio also released the soundtrack to Update 33.1, adding a new layer of auditory immersion to the LOTRO experience.


While the downtime may have been a temporary inconvenience for LOTRO and DDO players, it was a necessary step towards improving the gaming experience. The new in-game storefronts promise a smoother, more efficient interface, and the upcoming updates bring a host of exciting new features to explore. So, whether you're a seasoned adventurer or a newcomer to these realms, there's never been a better time to dive in and embark on your next epic quest. Happy gaming!

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