Standing Stone Games has just rolled out Update 29: Wildwood on the Lord of the Rings Online test server. Wildwood is the first major update of the year for the long-running fantasy MMORPG featuring an unexpected addition to Middle-Earth.
Instead of adding a new end-game region, the developers have added a new level 45 zone complete with a new questline, missions, repeatable quests, and Deeds.
“Beyond the Bree-fields lies the lightly travelled wilderness of the Wildwood. This heavily forested area has drawn the attention of two groups of Free Peoples who vie for its resources. The League of the Axe, a group of game hunters and miners down on their fortunes, seek to tap the land’s resources and ferry their bounty down the Brandywine from Trader’s Wharf to markets abroad. Meanwhile, a group of villagers in Trestlebridge have formed the Woodcutter’s Brotherhood, with the goal of taking advantage of the Wildwood to benefit the folk of Bree-land and rebuild Trestlebridge to its former glory. Both factions must decide the fate of the Wildwood as they work against unsavory Brigands and the Tarkrîp Orcs.”
Update 29 also adds two new 3-player scaling instances set in Eriador: Woe of the Willow and Agoroth, the Narrowdelve. The intro quests for the new instances begin after completing Book 13, Chapter 10 with Aragorn in Rivendell.
The update also comes with a long list of tweaks, changes, improvements, and bug fixes. You can browse through the full patch notes on the Lord of the Rings Online official forums. You can also take a tour of the new Wildwood zone in the video below courtesy of YouTuber Bludborn.