MERP is a total conversion modification of the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Explore Middle-earth in a fully open-ended environment like you've never seen before. Play races like Elves, Men, Hobbits and Dwarves and take part in the War of the Ring.

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A new update from the MERP Team! Some bad news as well as new juicy pictures to help make it up.

Posted by Sir_Eoran on Aug 13th, 2010

Hello there fellow Merpians!

Sorry for the long delay, we were all a bit busy and couldn't get round to writing an update for you all. But now, we're all back on track and we promise to have at least one update per month. You may have noticed our new header for this page, it was done by Sir Eoran, and I think we can all agree he's done a really great job! There is however some bad news...if you watched our trailer you would see that at the end it states an August release for the next beta.

This unfortunately has been canceled due to esm difficulties and other problems like Bree not being finished. The long and short of it is, we didn't want to give you another beta that we weren't entirely happy with.

On the brighter side of things, the next beta is scheduled for a big Christmas release! This means that we have time to finish at least one town (Bree) and finish much more landscaping as well as many other things...

We apologize for the long delay, but things like this take time. MERP is a massive project and we hope you all understand. Thanks for sticking with us throughout and we hope to see you playing our next beta soon.

So, what else have we been up to in our two month absence?

Let's take a look...


On the exterior front, we have made quite a bit of progress.
Here are some pictures from Panos' Nenuial and Emyn Uial:

A Small Cave

A Scenic Pond

A Wolf Cave

Awesome Tree Formation

An awesome tree formation

This is Unbekannter's work now, working on the regions of Morgul Vale and Pellenor:

The eastern entry to a dark cave.... Can you tell where it leads?

A Wooden Dam

Visual Development:

You may have already seen this, but this is Stardragon's Ithilien Ranger Outfit.
Pretty sweet!

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This is Sennek's work, you get 10 points if you can guess the name of this beautifully made sword.

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Also a new addition to the team, Andros de NĂ¼rne has created Gimli's battle axe for all you blood-thirsty dwarves.

As always don't forget to visit our YouTube Channel and our Dev forums if you want to contact us.

If you want to apply to the MERP team, post an application HERE.

Any ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

That's all for this news update, I hope you liked it and thank you for your support!

~MERP team~

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Piuneer Aug 14 2010 says:

I'm glad you're taking the extra time needed to make it the best experience for us. I'm patient enough for that ^_^

Everything is looking top notch and can't wait to explore Middle Earth!

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deke913 Aug 14 2010 replied:

Fabulous talent you have on that team ...can't wait for this to be released. Take your time and keep with the updates like this and I for one will wait as long as it takes. Thank you to you and the others for even attempting this feat.

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romanius24 Aug 14 2010 says:

we understand :) but at least show some more pictures every week

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truehighlander Aug 15 2010 replied:

Yeah, I can do that if you don't mind my perspective.

For the record though, I've been working on my own esps and have changed things up quite a bit to help portray mainstream LotR...

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bikkebakke Aug 14 2010 says:

IIRC balrogs doesn't really have physical wings, but wings more made out of shadows

//checked wiki:

"The argument hinges on whether the "wings" are physical wings or simply figurative wings of shadow. Many additional facts are adduced to the argument, but there is not enough firm description in Tolkien's writing to settle the argument definitively"

Still the information from wiki never say they don't have physical wings as well, so they could have:

I would like to see some shadow/flame around the wings at least, not making them extremely visible like normal wings, if it would look good that is :/ might look weird like hell xD

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Lauri Aug 14 2010 says:

Wow, Andros joined? Then this is going to be epic!
He made all the Dale buildings for Rhovanion Alliance\The Dwarf Holds, and he's quite the talent! With him along with your other talents, I can't wait. I'll have to, of course, but I understand :p

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BlueSunsleader Aug 14 2010 says:

Man its looking great

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MobsInBlack Aug 14 2010 replied:

Thanks for the comment! :)

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Pilster123 Aug 14 2010 says:

Wow Great Images and the Balrog looks mint, and thanks for the news :)

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Bluedrake42 Aug 14 2010 says:

Do you guys need voice acting / sound recording? I'd be happy to help...

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MobsInBlack Aug 14 2010 replied:

@Bluedrake, it isnt needed currently, when we get to that stage which is probably 2 years away (roughly) then we will advertise :)

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MobsInBlack Aug 14 2010 says:

@bikkebakke This was actually a wip shot.
The finished balrog now has physical wings.
We thought it looks more menacing this way and alot more imposing.
you won't be dissapointed ;)

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MobsInBlack Aug 14 2010 says:

@ romanius Well, I will try my best :)
I will provide an update AT LEAST once a month maybe more if there is any really interesting news ;)

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KaiserMacCleg Aug 14 2010 says:

The sword is Glamdring, isn't it? Anyway, awesome stuff guys. I can't wait for the next beta. ;)

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bikkebakke Aug 14 2010 replied:

it really looks like it :/

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MobsInBlack Aug 14 2010 replied:

You get 10 points!

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galdor Aug 14 2010 says:

wow this looks awsome i cant wait for it and i think the sword is glamdring gandolfs sword

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MobsInBlack Aug 14 2010 says:

You also get 10 points! ;)

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HounderKnight Aug 16 2010 says:

Gorgeous work as usual, guys. It's great to see the team still pumping out such quality. And do feel free to take the time you need! A great in-game experience takes time to mold, after all. :)

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Legolose Aug 16 2010 says:

Amazing work guys, Keep up the good work ;)

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Tottel Aug 16 2010 says:

Looking very nice!

Btw, does that lead to Shelob's lair?

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MobsInBlack Aug 16 2010 replied:

Maybe ;)

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Temae Aug 17 2010 says:

So Bree will be finished in the cristmas-release. Does that mean also "populated"? Oh, and will there be creatures in the wilderness?

Im just curious because it looks amazing! :)

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MobsInBlack Aug 17 2010 says:

Creatures is debatable, altouhgh yes it sould be populated :)

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Temae Aug 17 2010 says:

that is going to be a nice yule present :D

Although i would still love to have some generic deers, wolves, giant spiders or goblins to hunt...

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MobsInBlack Aug 17 2010 says:

It is a few months in the future, who knows what we'll have ;)

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Noremakk Aug 19 2010 says:

I'm very happy to see a whole lot of original content! Keep up the good work. :)

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Daemoria Aug 26 2010 says:

Looking at all these amazing screen-shots makes me realize how out of date the actual engine is. The lack of contact shadows is really jarring compared to even slightly more modern games. I'm not too familiar with the tech anymore, but is there no way to bake in more precise shadows/lighting from an external application and apply it into a separate UV map?
The lack of any sort of ambient occlusion is also a major failing of the engine.

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