Lord of the Rings Online, DCUO coming to next-gen consoles

If you’re hoping to get your MMO fix on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S then you’re in luck as two long-standing entries in the genre are headed to current gen systems.

Following the recent acquisition of Daybreak Games by Swedish company, Enad Global 7, an investor’s presentation has been shared online and it’s full of juicy details about the firm’s portfolio of online games. The Daybreak stable includes multiplayer titles such as PlanetSide 2, DC Universe Online, and the EverQuest series.

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What’s perhaps most interesting to console gamers is EG7’s plans to bring both Lord of the Rings Online and superhero MMO, DC Universe Online, to next-gen systems. With DCUO having previously launched on systems including the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, it’s not hard to imagine a new edition with spruced up visuals coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

However, for Lord of the Rings Online – a well-established MMO that has been running since 2007 – this will be the game’s first leap from PC to console. Here’s what was said about LOTRO in the investor presentation:

Planning visual and technical updates for LOTRO for PC and nextgen consoles to capitalize on Amazon’s highly publicized large investment (~$500mm) in LOTR TV series.

This update is planned for some time in 2022 and while a visual upgrade for LOTRO seems like a natural step to take, translating its traditional style MMO gameplay for consoles sounds like a huge undertaking, even if the game does get buoyed by the potential popularity of a LOTR TV show.

In the years since launch the game has catered to a small yet active hardcore fanbase. According to the presentation, it boasts 108K monthly active users with 41K subscribers. Developer Turbne have been delivering numerous expansions, taking players from The Shire all the way to Minas Morgul.

Speaking of numbers, DC Universe Online stands out as Daybreak’s best performing game. The unique action-MMO has 419K monthly active users with 40K subscribers, followed in second place by PlanetSide 2 with 198K/25K.

Source: Enad Global 7

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