This is a video of me on the Bullroarer Public Test server racing through Bree and Archet to give you a glimpse at the graphical changes to these areas that will be coming with Update 9.
Some of it turned out blurry and I have no idea why but it does clear up. Sorry about that. I’m sure I unintentionally set some setting I wasn’t supposed to for that section. Also it it night time. I did try to record again when it got lighter but in typical Bullroarer fashion, it was raining so I went with the clear dark night rather than gray rainy day footage.
Overall I will tell you that I am most pleased about the changes found in Bree. Archet, well Archet is still burned out and I don’t have much to say about it. Views of that is at the end of the video as well.
Bree has had a make-over that to me at least makes it seem so much more like a living city. Little things are to be found everywhere such as:
- horses in town
- vendor stalls with people standing in line
- kids running around playing
- dogs wandering town
- people washing clothes (and dogs)
- people popping out of windows
- smoking chimneys indicating people in their homes
It all makes Bree to seem much more a bustling city and makes it feel like previously we’ve been hanging out in some sort of Bree ghost town.
Some of my favorite bits are the scenes at the city end where they have a gate up and guards. On the map it is the end of the city for you to explore but through the window you can see carts and horses, people walking around and in this picture a huddle of dwarves playing a game.
Other noticeable and exciting editions is a stage outside of the Prancing Pony. I hope this is a great addition to the musicians of LOTRO. I know on our server there tends to be be someone playing outside the Pony seemingly at all times.
The map of Bree has not changed at all (that I saw anyway) and the basic set up we’ve always had is still there but the flow has had some small tweaks. Some buildings have been changed most noticeably at the west gate where they added a vault across from the stable master. Also it seems there is a new path connecting the eastern exits (horse master exit to the Staddle exit) that I don’t recall being there before. There’s an icon on the map for a forge-master near the Prancing Pony as well but I couldn’t actually locate him at that area so I’m not certain if it’s a planned addition or a misplaced marker.
I really like the new and improved Bree and can’t wait for Update 9 to bring it!
Remember that this is the beta server and all this is subject to changes before Update 9 releases!