The Lord of the Rings Online for the Xbox 360 rumor has been making the rounds again. The first one I saw was from Destructoid. It was posted on April 1st, so I immediately assumed it was a joke, but if you check the comment thread Brad does say on the following day that it’s not an April Fool’s joke. Tony at MMeOw picked it up as did Massively both of which source the Destructoid post. Massively also references Joystiq who references Destructoid as well and followed up with Turbine PR:
“We’re not talking about what we’re working on specifically, only that we’re making a console MMO and actively working with Microsoft and Sony.”
Turbine has admitted working on a console MMO apparently planned for both the Xbox 360 and the PS3, but it’s much more likely to be a new design rather than a port of the existing game. Jaxom92 makes several good points, but the biggest one is the controller/keyboard problem. With the exception of Final Fantasy XI, all MMO’s have been designed around mouse and keyboard. To go to a controller, the game would have to be drastically changed. Either the game would have to be simplified or the pacing would have to be changed. The alternative of course is to require players to get a USB keyboard to plug in or provide a peripheral, after all everyone was willing to buy a plastic guitar. Even then you have an ergonomic issue. When I play my 360, I play on the couch. I’m not going to spend hours on the couch with a keyboard in my lap and a mouse on the armrest.