What’s the future of Lotro? We now know that Lotro will have some kind of “continuation of the epic story line” for book 8 in June, and later in the year we should see Dol Guldor, a level cap-increase, and a paid expansion. The expansion is rumored to be “Riders of Rohan” for several reasons, but mainly because ridersofrohan.com redirects to lotro.com. But when it comes down to it, saying we’ll get something including Rohan is about as vague as telling a player that we currently have some place that includes Angmar. There’s no reason to think that an expansion called “Riders of Rohan” could only include Rohan.
I’m expecting some zones to come in free chapter updates, but for the most part I’m expecting the world to be expanded as part of an expansion. The Moria expansion alone is reportedly 35% as large as all the other areas put together in terms of land-mass. The next expansion has been in development since before Moria launched, which means the same philosophy that planned Moria’s 12 zones was also used to plan a similar number of zones for the Rhovanion expansion.
What zones am I expecting with this expansion? Well lets look at the map of Rhovanion:
The folks at Turbine don’t want to have to bother making a map twice. If they are planning to add an area that will be visible on the Rhovanion map, then they are going to label it and put a little graphic under the label. The Gladden Fields for example has little flowers under it. That means we’re getting Gladden Fields. The Wilderland is clearly marked on the map. And although I think that would make a boring area, we must be getting it as a zone because they made sure to make it so clearly. By contrast, Isengard is not even mentioned on the map. As cool an area as Isengard might make, I doubt we’ll ever see it. Perhaps allowing us to attack Isengard before the fellowship arrived would be too lore-breaking.
So here’s my prediction for 12 zones we’ll see by the end of the year:
- Dul Guldor (Free update)
- Fangorn North
- Fangorn South
- The Brown Lands
- Emyn Muil
- Rohan East
- Rohan West
- Rohan South
- The Wold
- Gladden Fields (Free update)