In a heartfelt March Producer’s Letter on both the EverQuest and EverQuest 2 sites, Executive Producer Holly ‘The Windstalker’ Longdale announced her departure from both games’ leadership for a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’. She named Franchise Technical Director Jennifer Chan as her replacement and stated she would remain involved in the games as a player going forward.
Big-time raiders aren’t the only ones who get world firsts. We here at MMO Central are pleased to bring you a world first, an exclusive interview with Lord of the Rings Online’s head of Quality Assurance and also the reigning game composer, Bill ‘Darth Celtics’ Champagne. We discussed a number of topics from both his spheres of influence in the game, so here’s the video of that interview, recorded at Standing Stone Games during PAX East.
With PAX East being in Boston, it’s natural for us to reach out to the resident MMO studio in the neighborhood every year, especially in light of the recent announcements made at their player meetup last week. We sat down with Standing Stone Games’ Executive Producer Rob ‘Severlin’ Ciccolini to ask questions about the state of both MMOs being developed by his studio, Dungeons and Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings Online, and to gather more details on the big ticket items announced at the Adventure Pub.
Standing Stone Games and their players raided the Adventure Pub in Arlington, MA on Friday night at PAX East 2020. It coincided with the 14th anniversary of Dungeons and Dragons Online, and the big news was the announcements from DDO and Lord of the Rings Online’s Executive Producer Rob ‘Severlin’ Ciccolini, including an explanation why the LotRO Producer’s Letter is still pending.
This time, the update includes an homage to Original Series episode ‘The Savage Curtain’, returning players to the planet Excalbia in a two-part episode to pit them against villains from previous game content updates. They will have the benefit of some of Starfleet’s finest at their side, such as Seven (voiced by Jeri Ryan of Voyager and Picard) and Michael Burnham (voiced by Sonequa Martin-Green from Discovery).