Whew! It’s been an unbelievable year for LOTRO – seeing Middle-earth
coming alive before our eyes has made all the years of development
worthwhile! It’s hard to believe that less than a year ago we were deep
in Beta, preparing the game for a huge launch!
As the holiday
seasons are upon us I wanted to take a moment to express the team’s
gratitude to all of you for making LOTRO a success and helping us to
keep making it better and better. With Books 9, 10 and 11, we’ve grown
the size and functionality of the game a great deal and tried to
improve the things and places most important to our players. The past
seven months (yup-it’s only been that long) have been a blast and we’ve
just gotten started. We have some huge plans for 2008 and we’ll have
more to say on that subject after the first of the year. Suffice it to
say that while 2007 was a big year for LOTRO, 2008 is going to be even
As a leading MMO, we’re looking forward to expanding
the LOTRO franchise into China, Korea (we recently announced our
partner NHN, a huge game operator in Korea) and other territories
worldwide, adding to our huge and growing communities in North America
and throughout Europe.
We hope you’re still having a great
adventure in Middle-earth and remember, this is just the BEGINNING!
Before you know it, you’ll be crossing the “Misties” and riding
fiercely among the Rohirrim, delving deep into the mines of Moria,
assailing the dark walls of Isengard, visiting the forest homelands of
Galadriel and the Ancient Ents. New adventures and features are coming
your way as well, to challenge and inspire you on your grand
exploration of Middle-earth.
So kick back with a warm cider, fire up LOTRO, and spend winter with us in Middle-earth!
Happy Holidays and looking forward to a great 2008!
Jeffrey "Ringleader" Steefel Executive Producer The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar [19-Dec-2007]