Lord of the Rings Online Update 23 is, ostensibly, going to bring some adjustments to the MMORPG, but the subject of LotRO loot boxes was the focus of a forum post made by the game’s executive producer. Come the game’s next major content patch, there will be a variety of tweaks to their contents along with ways for players to circumvent the monetization if they so choose.
The post opened up by outlining what loot boxes should not be in LotRO, specifying that any gear earned from a loot box should also be attainable from playing the game. Additionally, gear earned from higher level instances should always be more powerful than loot box kit.
With that in mind, equipment earned from loot boxes will still be a thing, but mostly as a means for players to catch up to those sitting in the higher echelons of item power. That said, gear found in loot boxes will also be available to earn by spending an upcoming end game currency called Embers of Enchantment at a special vendor if players want to avoid buying keys. Embers can be gained from doing weekly quests or deconstructing unwanted gear.
“We absolutely want to reward players who are awesome enough to support the long-term success of the game by opening lootboxes, and get joy in doing it, but we don’t want players to feel like they are forced to open lootboxes in order to play or excel in the game,” explains the post.
In our estimation, putting gear in a loot box is still not exactly a brilliant idea, even if said gear can be earned in-game. As it stands, there’s no clear way of knowing how much time it will take to earn enough Embers to get the right equipment, and loot boxes that offer a “pay to avoid grind” option are only marginally better than “pay to win” ones.
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