The Lord of the Rings Online is having a big resurgence. The game reached more than 3,700 peak concurrent players on April 21, according to SteamDB. This is just shy of LOTRO’s all-time peak concurrent player record of 3,965 that was set more than 10 years ago in 2012 when the game launched on Steam.
The surge in popularity for the MMO that originally launched in 2007 is presumably due in part to the arrival of a massive new 15th anniversary update (via PCGamesN). Not only that, but the game recently made a bunch of previously premium content free for all players, and this might have encouraged people to jump in.
LOTRO’s recent growth in popularity wasn’t enough to push the game inside Steam’s top 100 most-played games. However, LOTR also has its own game-specific launcher and client, so the Steam figures represent just a portion of the game’s total audience.