Lord of the Rings MMO adds Helm's Deep expansion

Fifth major expansion for Turbine's free-to-play MMO released today after power outage caused delay.

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Helm's Deep, the fifth major expansion for Tubine's free-to-play MMO Lord of the Rings Online, was released today across North America and Europe. The content was previously scheduled to be released on Monday, but a power outage at one of Turbine's data centers led to a delay.

The Helm's Deep expansion is available through a $40 Base Edition or $60 Premium Edition that can be purchased today from the Lord of the Rings Online's website.

The Helm's Deep expansion takes players to one of the most memorable moments from the Lord of the Rings, the Battle of the Hornburg. Players can fight to defend Helm's Deep as early as level 10 and can earn in-game rewards--win or lose.

The expansion also introduces new landscapes across Western Rohan, including Edoras, Dunharrow, and the Hornburg fortress within Helm's Deep. The content also raises the game's level cap from 85 to 95 and introduces new skills and class specializations.

Players will also encounter characters like Aragorn, Eowyn, and Eomer in the Helm's Deep expansion for Lord of the Rings Online as they help restore King Theoden to his throne.

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.

Discussion

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19wcsotom19
19wcsotom19

The delayed RELEASE was our initial warning, sign, omen, portent, foreshadowing of ill things to come.  This expansion is the ultimate in Epic Battle BOREDOM.  Don't *Yawn* your way through this expansion, save your money for something else.  The only challenge is trying to control your temper due to the changes, bugs, lack of content, and lag.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

so does The Old Republic like, not exist anymore ? man.....that didn't last long

thefyeman
thefyeman

Free to play...costs 40$...K.

Riddick123
Riddick123

I see this is a very important topic that thousands are discussing.  Moving on then.

edinsftw
edinsftw

Are you kidding me? It took them this long to add helms deep?

Do they not see the pvp potential of all of lord of the rings settings?

Onallion
Onallion

@nyran125tk It's alive and kicking and releasing an expansion as well soon, as far as I know.

Triton
Triton

@thefyeman  It cost nothing unless you want to.

JohnMafia
JohnMafia

@edinsftw LotrO isn't a PvP focused game. And the game has been built on the progression of the fellowship. They can't just randomly add whatever iconic place they want whenever. 

SuddenEvil
SuddenEvil

@edinsftw They aren't focused on pvp. Sure they might make changes to pvp but don't expect to fight anywhere else except the Ettenmoors.

edinsftw
edinsftw

@JohnMafia @edinsftw Lord of the rings has some of the most iconic settings and potential for pvp of nearly any mmo out there. Also, considering there is a large gap in the MMO space for pvp ever since DAoC and gw1. All I am saying its wasted potential and pvp doesn't have to follow a story line like the rest of the game, its generally a separate affair.

19wcsotom19
19wcsotom19

@JohnMafia @edinsftw "You can't just suddenly change how the game works."  Um, that's exactly what just happened with the release of this garbage expansion!  I was roflmfao when I read your comment....then I remembered that I spent real money buying the expansion....


JohnMafia
JohnMafia

@edinsftw PvP is a separate affair in LotrO. The game's been out over 5 years now. Its not a PvP focused game regardless of how iconic and perfect for PvP a setting is. You can't just suddenly change how the game works. The game appeals to a different audience. In a few years they probably will add Mordor too. Its not going to turn into a PvP game then either.