Train2Game News: Lord of the Rings Online senior producer talks updates in Warbands video

Get behind the scenes of Lord of the Rings Online and its upcoming Riders of Rohan expansion in a new video from Warner Brothers and Turbine.

Inside the Game: Warbands sees LOTRO Senior Producer Aaron Campbell discusses Warbands with Community Manager Rick Heaton. Subjects include how they’ve changed gameplay mechanics to reward players for helping others and how they’ve tweaked the A.I. in order to improve the game.

Watch the video below, right here on The Train2Game Blog.

Get more insight into game development in various other videos here on The Train2Game Blog.

Are you a Lord of the Rings Online player? What are your thoughts on the changes?

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Train2Game news: Free-to-play “the only sustainable option” for MMOs say Turbine

Train2Game Blog readers will have noticed how many MMOs have switched from being subscription based to a free-to-play model, including Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeon and Dragons Online.

And Turbine has told games.on.net that free-to-play might now be the only sustainable model for MMOs.

“The great thing about F2P is that it makes it a lot easier for players to check out the game or even come and go from another game,” said the unnamed interviewee.

“We continue to have hundreds of thousands of players in DDO every month and I doubt that could be the case if we were in a classic subscription model. It also allows different players to spend more or less in the game and everyone can contribute to the community in different ways and we can focus on improving the service for everyone. Overall it was and continues to be a great change for our game.”

“Is it sustainable? We would argue that it might be the only sustainable option.” they added.

Of course, the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic and the continued success of World of Warcraft suggests there’s still some life in subscription MMOs yet.

There’s on free-to-play here on The Train2Game Blog.

What do you think is the future for MMOs? Will everything end up free-to-play? Or will there still be a demand for subscription based games?

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