Lotro’s new data center is going live sometime today, and all worlds are currently down as the maintenance scheduled is on-going. Announcement about the new data center going live today can be found here.
This data center is finally going live and that’s good news for everyone. I have no knowledge about the IT wizardry that goes behind these things, but I’m hoping that most of the benefits that comes with new technology will improve the game in many aspects for 2016. My expectations post live are:
- Increased server stability especially on high population servers to handle the loads. I’m thinking Brandywine and Landroval specifically, especially in the Moors to smooth out raid on raid action. Can it weather the Weatherstock storm this year? We’ll see.
- Increased FPS (frame rate per second) across the board in newer regions such as Rohan (new, haha) and Gondor. Riding a warsteed anywhere in these regions have been a problem, even on a good connection and beastly rigs. I’m hoping the FPS gets a boost so everyone can finally enjoy the regions as should be.
- Faster load times maybe? I know this could be a local/client side or net connection thing but I’m hoping here. Improvements were implemented in the past such as pre-cache loading that was supposed to help with this, so again, we’ll see.
- For everyone else except me the Malaysian, a stable ping and connectivity. Europe should be happy that there will be a data center in the Netherlands. This will be incredibly helpful with player’s ping, allowing for a faster/smoother skill-to-execution times that will bring balance to the force..I mean Moors. And raids, and other things you do in groups. It’s okay, Asian players. I’m with you.
And that about sums up what I’m looking forward to when it goes live in about an hour. If these things are truly addressed, then great – a good way to start the new year.
The bigger picture here is that rolling out a new data center for a 7-year old game could spell positive times ahead for the game. It’s expensive to roll out, and I take it as a statement of intent from the suits that Lotro still has some fuel in the tank post 2017. We’ve already seen the roadmap for 2016, which includes a new level cap and instance cluster among other things, and now I suppose we’ll have to wait and see how successful those are when they roll it in.
Till then, bring it on, data center. No need for cutting cake or ribbons. Let’s cut some Orc.