Helm's Deep expansion coming to Lord of the Rings Online

Fifth expansion for Turbine's MMO raises level cap to 95, introduces new regions and characters in Rohan this fall.

Lord of the Rings Online will add the Helm's Deep expansion this fall, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today. No price for the add-on was divulged.

The digital expansion will raise the massively multiplayer online role-playing game's level cap to 95 and introduce new regions (Edoras, Dunharrow, Hornburg) and characters (Éowyn, Éomer, and King Théoden).

As its name suggests, the Helm's Deep expansion will allow players to take part in the Battle of the Hornburg, described as the "most massive conflict yet" in the game. In addition, new skills and "completely updated class specializations" will be available in the expansion.

Helm's Deep is the fifth expansion for Lord of the Rings Online. It follows Mines of Moria (2008), Siege of Mirkwood (2009), Rise of Isengard (2011), and Riders of Rohan (2012).

The game adopted a free-to-play business model in 2010, which resulted in monthly revenue jumping three times over.

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46 comments
SpaceDr00ze
SpaceDr00ze

I tried this game when it was still subscription based and it could not capture my attention. I tried again when it became F2P, same story. Some of the content is really interesting, and it can be fun for quite awhile if you don't have anything better to do, but honestly, I'd rather go back to playing RuneScape than pick this up again. Its a shame, really.

MjnE
MjnE

As I'm writing this, all of their login servers are offline and have been for an hour. They are still investigating... Screw this game..

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

i quit this game because the fast travel system are wierd , and the locations of the quests are very far , so i spend my whole time travel from one point to another 

decoy1978
decoy1978

F2P for the win! Srsly... who here actually plays this and I mean actually spends time some MMO hours into it, raiding or what not...


SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Wow, I didn't even know this game was still alive!

Poodger
Poodger

Wow really? This game is how old, and they are only just getting content related to Helm's Deep into the game? Jesus.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

Wow, I'm surprised this game is still going strong.  I lost interest somewhere around Mines of Moria and the gameplay and experience wasn't memorable enough to make me want to come back.

Plus, the ever-increasing level cap kind of turns me off since it was hard enough to get a character into the 30's to unlock my first mount.  And the group-only story quests that I couldn't solo didn't help.

starduke
starduke

Hmm, up to 95 now, I have to wonder what the level cap will be when they hit Mordor.

Fartman7998
Fartman7998

And now back to  your regularly scheduled programming.

jjfddf
jjfddf

Ok couple things for all the haters.

1) 5th expansion = successful money making game (if you need me to explain this then it's time to either start paying attention in school or time to go back to school)

2) If you have not logged on don't try to speak as if you know what server populations are (game is always PACKED with people)

3) Show me an MMORPG that has graphics that are sooooo much better (besides AoC and thats not even stellar leaps)

I play this game every year for 6 months after an expansion. An MMO that holds ME for 6 months is doing something right. What they do right is make you feel that you are in Middle Earth, the game drips Lore at every corner. Now keep in mind in order to enjoy that lore you have to be a Lord of the Rings fan.

It is a MMORPG, extremely similiar gameplay wise to all other MMORPG's out there....I said similiar so don't go crazy trying to point out every little difference. If you haven't tried it give it a go (its free) if you have tried it and don't like it then why are you even reading and posting about it?

RiP_ili
RiP_ili

You can polish a turd all you want.... it'll still be a turd.

shanoobergloobe
shanoobergloobe

lets be honest.. the only real.. best LOTR game.. was in fact:

Battle for middle earth!

Fursnake
Fursnake

Sheeeeeyit, I bought the Rohan expansion and got tired of it before I level capped. This might bring back some long time players who have been away from the game (like me, but not me), but I don't see it reinvigorating the game.

fredwv
fredwv

Maybe I need to download this ...   Nah , who am I kidding,

ZetA_LatA
ZetA_LatA

Installed this game last year and took one good look at the graphics. Total playtime: 2 mins. 

JustArtificial
JustArtificial

Wish we could get a good LOTR game. Want the license to see justice, of modern technology.

fer-
fer-

it's a great game, I think most play it for the large amounts of lore that are tucked away in every nook and cranny...and its solid gameplay

mwmars
mwmars

Will they please just let this die and work on a AAA next-gen Middle Earth?

mwmars
mwmars

Because I didn't care for LotRO is precisely why I'm reading and posting about it. I want a true AAA quality Middle Earth Experience.  Whether of the MMORPG variety or more like the Witcher or Skyrim, it doesn't matter. I post because I adore LotR lore but have never experienced it done really well in a video game.  Now, if LotRO is as profitable as you SAY, then sure, leave it up and running so there is more funding $ for the game I hope and wish for.

mwmars
mwmars

That's precisely why I posted that I want them to work on a AAA game set in Middle Earth... because I didn't really care for LotRO.. in spite of my adoration for LotR lore. Of course, if the game has been profitable, let it stay alive and active while another game is being worked on at a different studio. That's my wish.

oopomop
oopomop

@jjfddf FFXIV has better graphics. :3

Lotro does look really good tho. I think the people who are complaining about graphics were playing the game while streaming the dl, so they had the lowest graphics settings while they tried out the game. 

Game itself was pretty good. The instances I played were actually difficult, that was a nice change from other mmos like wow. I'm thinking about trying it out again.

Jarek_Cyphus
Jarek_Cyphus

@jjfddf Well said.  Well said.  An MMORPG with an 86 Metacritic score whose revenue triples after adopting an F2P model is not a game for haters to simply balk at anytime promising news surfaces.  They're simply trying to draw attention to the hate to keep people from either A.  Playing the game, or B.  Leaving the games THEY play.  It's classic trolling, simple as that.  Believe it or not, I'm a lot like you; I play the game for a few months after expansions release, then go and play other games for a bit.  I cycle through three MMORPGs a year so that I don't get burnt out on one, and it hasn't failed me yet.  I, for one, am looking forward to finally being able to see Helm's Deep realized in LotRO.  If they pay homage to it the way they already did for places like Weathertop and Mirkwood, then there's a promise of healthy longevity for years to come.  WoW's lasted this long; no reason LotRO can't.

Innos007666
Innos007666

@RiP_ili Words from your teacher after you finally pass the exam? Spare us from your wisdom.

Uri-Z
Uri-Z

@shanoobergloobe A-FRICKING-MEN BROTHER!

I loved that game, it was simple yet deep, absolutely adored it!

Too bad they messed it up by the free building in the sequel. NO ARCHERS ON WALLS, WTF?!

Create a hero was cool, but had many limitations. I thought a troll hero would decimate fools with his mighty swing, chucking away everyone like sauron or even a regular troll did, but it was a single target attack... really? really...

Remake that 1st game with today's graphics and I'll pay double for it!

Innos007666
Innos007666

@ZetA_LatA Feel sorry about you. You should install WOW and took another look at the graphics. Visualizations are the last thing when comes to MMO games.

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

@ZetA_LatA if you want to play mmo games because of the graphics , you're gonna have a baaadd time

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@JustArtificial I thoroughly enjoyed playing LOTR: War In The North in co-op.  The game is linear and not very long, but my son and I really had a good time with it.  I'd love to see another game like that.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

@freeformrulz Apparently it's quite popular if they're about to release their 5th expansion pack.  I might need to try it out myself, never did.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

@freeformrulz My wife loves the game. Kind of like Eve Online, it's possible to have a successful MMO without having a player base larger than some countries.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@freeformrulz  

Many considering they tripled their revenue in 2011 when they went F2P. 

PsyonicPlague
PsyonicPlague

@freeformrulz .....was kind of wondering the same thing myself...but apparently some people do, I just don't personally know any of them

Hjindee
Hjindee

@Uri-Z @shanoobergloobe i liked the Sequel.. but the first one still has a special place in my gamer heart among some of the best RTS's out there.

Though alot of the errors in the sequel got fixed in the exp pack :) but yeah.. the best LOTR game is still to this day Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth (still got the CD version :D)

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@unreal_master @ZetA_LatA For some people they might.  Not for me, but I respect the opinions of those that do care.  It's their time and money and their preferences.

Innos007666
Innos007666

@Sefrix No it's not. Second part for Rohan expansion came out before a month. Atm they are going too fast, desperately hoping to make more money. What's really missing in this game is two or more sides and real PvP, not some funny time-killing Monster play. Fractions, sides, partition... what is somehow impossible to achieve in LOTR realm where you basically have good and evil with big focus on good ofc.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

@pongley Could be, I haven't played it in quite a while. perhaps a new expansion is just what they needed then.