LOTRO – Update 17.2 Adds New Quests in Minas Tirith
Having recently completed Update 17 for LOTRO one of my main complaints was a shortage of quality quests in the new area. The Epic Story dominates the proceedings and I was quite surprised by the lack of secondary quest hubs both inside and outside of the Pelennor Fields. However update 17.2 that was deployed today has addressed this issue by adding several new quest lines. These can be found near the Stone Theatre (in the northern 1st Tier), inside the Houses of Lore, inside the Houses of Healing, at the Citadel, at the Training Ground, and near the Baths of Belecthor (in the 4th Tier). A new public endgame space is available in the city Cisterns.
The patch has also added a comprehensive list of all emotes that are available in the game. These can be perused and previewed via the collections panel. There have been nominal changes to some of the barter currency requirements and tweaks to the housing system. All mounted combat melee skills now do more damage (including melee auto-attack). Melee damage should be approximately doubled. There are now more stable travel options within Minas Tirith. It would also appear that Turbine have added a further “Chicken Run” via Sandson's Farm. Comprehensive patch notes can be found on the official LOTRO forums.
This patch certainly seems to be more generous than the usual bug fixes that are released. Perhaps Turbine are trying to make amends after their woeful datacentre move last week that is still proving problematic for some players. Furthermore, as many tech savvy players have stated, although improving the server performance issues may well improve gameplay to a degree, it doesn’t address the bottlenecks that exist within the game client that remains un-optimised. May be LOTRO players can take comfort in the fact that Turbine are currently recruiting for the following roles; Database Administrator, Senior Big Data Engineer and Senior Performance Engineer. Perhaps there are further performance improvements on the way.