Lord of the Rings Online sees worlds succumb to darkness in big shutdown

Lord of the Rings Online

Lord of the Rings Online is having a bit of a reshuffle, with many of its worlds being shut down. Now just five worlds in each territory remain, making it much smaller on the server front. 

The remaining worlds are Arkenstone, Crickhollow, Landroval, Gladden, and Brandywine for US players, and Belegaer, Gwaihir, Sirannon, Laurelin, and Evernight for EU players.

Turbine announced the world closures on the LOTRO website, stating that all worlds other than those ten will be shut. Players can freely transfer from their current worlds to one of the remaining ones, and there’s no time limit to do so within.

World closures sound like a doom and gloom mood, but that doesn’t have to be the case. As a decade-old MMO, Lord of the Rings Online is naturally going to have fewer players these days. Reducing worlds to just five per region will mean there’s more players per server, rather than them being spread over lots of worlds. This should improve the experience for players, and also help Turbine keep the costs down.

Thanks, Destructoid.