LoTRO and Dungeons & Dragons Online get a new developer
Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online are two of the few MMORPG’s which have managed to stand the test of time. Despite fluxuating player numbers, a conversion to a free-to-play business model, and numerous rumors of cancellation, both games are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year as they both come under new management.
Both games were originally developed by Turbine Studios and published by Warner Bros but now Warner Bros has handed the publishing rights over to Daybreak Games (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) and development will continue under a new independent studio called Standing Stone Games. An updated FAQ page on the Lord of the Rings Online website assures fans that this will not impact the development schedule of either game. The only major change which players are likely to notice is that Turbine Points (the premium currency used in both games) will be changed to “LoTRO Points” and “DDO Points” respectively.
Meanwhile, Turbine Studios is still up and running despite the loss of its two flagship MMO games. Last year Turbine was forced to cancel development on its DC heroes-themed MOBA Infinite Crisis mere months after launching its open beta and right now its only major project is the mobile Arkhamverse spin-off game Batman: Arkham Underworld.