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The MMO market’s not exactly the nicest neighborhood for developers to settle down in these days, but that certainly doesn’t mean carving out a lucrative niche is impossible. Case in point: Lord of the Rings Online. While it may not be the One MMO to rule them all, LotRO is still inhaling customers like hobbits inhale breakfasts. Turbine live producer Aaron Campbell explained:
“If anything, The Lord of the Rings Online is growing. We have no plans to merge servers.”
“And please don’t mention it, it makes me twitch unpleasantly,” he added, probably twitching unpleasantly.
Good to hear that tons of wannabe Frodos and Aragorns are still flocking to LotRO, though. Granted, the game shares a bunch of gameplay similarities with WoW and leverages one of the most powerful brands on earth, so the game's a tad more accessible than other MMOs. But still. Keeping an MMO afloat is no easy task. Good job, Turbine.