The first official tidbits on the upcoming Volume 3 for Lord of the Rings Online was released yesterday. Volume 3 is named Allies of the King, with Book I: Oath of the Rangers, and it hints at the martial mobilization of zones we know and love. There are going to be some crafting updates. Complete solo-ization of Volume 1, and some updates to a few current skirmishes we have, making them raidable.
The best part is a new skirmish, which will be part of Vol. 3, Bk. 1 called the Depths of Nurz Ghashu, which takes place in the Rift that many loved during pre-Mines of Moria times. Unfortunately I picked up Lord of the Rings Online only a few months before Mines of Moria was launched, and I never made it to the Rift. (Though I did make it to Helegrod – the 24-man raid – amazingly enough.)
It does not seem like we will be getting a new zone, like Dunland, this time around. The start of Volume 3 uses a lot of old content, which is not a bad thing. Recycling old content just requires a balance between the old and new. Developers will want to polish the great memories, discard the yucky ones, and then add a touch of new. A new drop would suffice, or new mechanics as the case is for the new skirmish in an old dungeon instance.
The best part is that Turbine can escape the timeless existence of their old content. We already see this in a snowy Bree ransacked by villainous curs in the two Bree skirmishes, but this is a future story. I want to see my effects have consequences. Let’s pretend I did kill Thaurlach the Balrog in the Rift. The best I could hope for was some quest text thanking me and suggesting that the threat is now lessened and the Rift is in disarray. Now, Turbine has a chance to show me what happened after that brave group of 12 assaulted the Rift. (Also maybe give another way to give Eldgang rep. Hint. Hint.)
we have to go back, kate