I popped over to Bullroarer over the weekend to poke around a bit in Update 7. Some of the complaints I am here is revolving around the visual changes being reported. Mostly that folks find Moria to be “too bright” with the changes.
In an effort to be helpful, I’ve run about on the current live server and then travelled to the same locations on Bullroarer and took some screenshots of the same views to show comparison. No alterations were made to how I normally play the game or to the photos themselves (I didn’t even rename them). My character light was not on and I made sure that it was considered night-time in game for all the photos. It may not have been the exact same time for all photos taken – I seriously don’t have the time to spend waiting for such an event, but the indicator on my mini-map radar was that it was night-time (it was showing the moon in the time indicator) when taking each of these photos.
I visited the four regions that were specifically called out in LOTRO’s Update 7 announcement post.
All the photos on the left were taken on the live server (Landroval) and all the photos on the right is a screenshot from roughly same location on Bullroarer.
I say roughly as the area I decided to take a screenshot from in Durin’s Way was different. Update 7 changed the pathing in that area and a walkway that was there for me to take a photo from on Bullroarer doesn’t exist on the live server. I just did the best I could.
The Great Delving
The only one that looks significant (and honestly I do say I prefer it) would be the Silvertine Lodes photo where I can definitely make out the detail of the scaffolding that I fall from oh so very often. Great Delving has a bit more detail to it as well.
While playing, I can say that I do feel like it’s easier to see. Some of that may be that they have reduced some of the mobs that are always in the way while trying to travel. For example in Durin’s way I was able to ride up a ramp and I noticed a cool eagle sculpture thing I never noticed before as I am typically running through that hallway screaming and trying not to die. For the record, the cool statue is on live as well, I just never noticed it before so it wasn’t a new addition.
I don’t know if I would fall into “its too bright” category. It still feels like Moria to me. What do you think?