LotR Online ‘pay to win’ items to “create solutions” for newbs

Thursday, 19th January 2012 04:46 GMT By Brenna Hillier

New, performance-enhancing premium items added to the Lord of the Rings Online store are there to help out new players, Turbine has explained.

“We have a lot of different players in the game. Lower level players are telling us that they are having difficulty obtaining good gear,” communications director Adam Mersky told Gamefront.

“This is us coming up with solutions to problems players are reporting to us. We’re trying to create solutions for players.”

Mersky said that if the new premium equipment – which essentially enable players to pay for stat-boosting – cause problems in game, Turbine will drop it like a hot potato.

“We’re not adverse to pulling things off the store if they don’t work,” he said. “We’re committed to keeping things balanced.”

And while the new items may give beginner players an edge over their rivals, when it comes to end-game, they are on their own.

“Furthermore, we have no intention at this time of selling any raid gear in the store,” Mersky declared.

Lord of the Rings Online dropped subscription walls to go free-to-play in September 2010, and saw an increase in revenue as a result.

Thanks, Massively.



  1. Ireland Michael

    Yeah, as long as it’s not endgame gear, this seems like a perfectly valid idea.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Hunam

    I’m still reeling over the fact that you have to pay real money before you can get a horse :S

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    @2 No, you don’t. You can wait until level 25 like us old timers did (or was it 35?) and do the questline for it – or buy a riding skill from the shop for 95 points (which is cheap and totally worth it) and use game gold to buy the horse and still do the riding questline.

    Now, you can opt to buy a horse from the in-game store instead, but it is not required. Neither are the special horses not in game but in the store – and if you are a VIP you ear 500 points a month anyway (plus the ones you earn in game) so ,save those points and buy a special horse.

    It only gets expensive if you are a horse collector who doesn’t know how to ration their points – *blush* but sometimes, fantasy reflects real life such as in the case with me :D :D :D :D

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DarkElfa

    I’ve never understood why people have such a cow over Pay to Win items. So what if they sell the best item in the game to players. So what if only the wealthiest players could be at the top of the game.

    How is that different from real life?

    It’s amusing how gamers always want everything to be equally fair in games as long as fair means forcing everyone to do what they did to get where they got or making sure nobody can use money to reach or surpass them.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    @4 Its called fair sportsmanship.

    Levelling content is fine and a perfectly valid idea, since its not the max level and requires little skill. In the end game though, it would completely invalidate the experience. The whole point is beat the challenges that earn you said gear.

    #5 3 years ago

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