Today saw the release of a Developer Diary concerning the new ability for players to bring Skirmish Soldiers out onto the Landscape. The Developer Diary was done in the form of an FAQ, so I’ll try to sum up the main points.
- Skirmish Soldiers are summoned (outside of Skirmishes) via Landscape Soldier Token.
- These tokens are purchased in-game either in two locations
- The “Currency Exchange” vendor in Skirmish Camps (Price dependent on your character level)
- In the LOTRO Store (100 TP)
- The Tokens can be used in “…most non-instanced locations in Middle-earth”, with the exception of some “major hubs”. (We’re assuming towns like Bree, Galtrev, etc.)
- There is a new Soldier UI for landscape use, which can be hidden if you don’t want to see it.
- If you want to stop “spending time” on your soldier, you will simply need to dismiss it.
- Soldiers will be auto-dismissed if you
- Enter an area they cannot be summoned
- When you teleport
- When you Fast-travel
- Skirmish items that can be used to enhance soldiers nor benefits granted by the soldier’s “personal” traits are not implemented outside of Skirmishes
- Soldiers will not be full pets; they will retain the limited commands used in Skirmishes.
- Tokens are not needed to summon Soldiers inside of Skirmishes.
Really, I’m still a bit disappointed in the way that Turbine handled announcing the use of Skirmish Soldiers. While I fully admit that their use is a nice addition I still feel that I, as a player, was a bit led on to believe that soldiers would be out all the time without any type of Token or time-limit. Maybe that was my own mistake, but I don’t recall anyone from Turbine rushing to correct myself or anyone else. Although I definitely understand that without limitations there might be some severe issues with lag and trivializing the content. So, I have to say that I personally cannot see myself using Skirmish Soldiers on landscape all that often unless I’m in a particularly tough area or I’m trying to powerlevel a character. How about you?