Lord of the Rings Online expands

First retail expansion pack will add new features including higher level cap, six new books to play, and two new classes.

Lord of the Rings Onliners will soon be able to explore Moria, the ex-capital city of the dwarves. Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria will be the second chapter in the massively multiplayer online game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy series, and is due for release in autumn.

This first retail expansion pack will let gamers explore the underground caverns, tunnels, mines, and chambers of Moria, in northwestern Middle-earth. There will be hundreds of new quests for players to undertake, along with an increased level cap up to level 60. The new level cap brings with it new traits, virtues, skills, and class quests.

There will be six new books in Mines of Moria, which is described as "the beginning of volume II of the LOTRO," in which there will be events such as the release of Durin's Bane, a battle with the Watcher, and the option to aid Galadriel.

The crafting system will also be expanded, and players will be able to craft more-powerful items. They will also be able to forge legendary items that will level up along with the player and can be customised with virtues, runic legacies, and personalising titles, as well as for use in forming fables.

Last but not least, Mines of Moria will add two new classes to the game, the Rune Keeper and the Warden.

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nicklax
nicklax

This game is going to be alot of fun. The first one is already a huge world with tons of stuff to do. I tried to quit this game because of fees, and went to guild wars. I played guild wars for a week before i came back. This is the best game i have ever played.

Wigster666
Wigster666

Cant wait for this its an amazing game so immersive, addictive and just general fun. And if you dont like it shuve off back to wow or wherever you came from cos we dont need you here giving your stupid little ten year old diss comments. It bores the hell out of me listening to annoying 10 year olds btching, why i left wow, to be with mature mmo players.

Meddley144
Meddley144

I dont know the trailer looks cool but ive been sceptiical of Lotr online but after seeing this i might get it cause im having problems whith Wow at the mo my account wont except my password and my sub has run out so i cant pay and when I go to the passworde retievel if wont exept the answer i give it so im screwed if anyone knows how to solve it please could they tell me

PieCrusher
PieCrusher

Prob fifty... i wish it was free for people who already play currently...

smith447
smith447

does anyone know what the estimate price for this will be?

FleshTone
FleshTone

The comment below is correct...it says that those who have a 'lifetime membership do not have to pay for expansions'. That applies to any addl. monthly subscription fees (not the cost of the software)..expansions that are sold over the counter are never covered by the liftetime membership...but the monthly subscription is.

eheid
eheid

Dang, I wish they would make this game for the MAC!!!!!!!!!

THGarrett
THGarrett

rahl247, if you have the lifetime membership then you are good to go. There won't be any additional monthly fees for the expansion(s).

rahl247
rahl247

i wonder if you have the lifetime membeship does it carry over to this expansion as well. i know we will need to buy the expansion but will it req a subscription for the lifetime members. since this is not the original game its an expansion pack.

nilepez
nilepez

I played a bit in beta, but since my friends were playing EQ, I stuck with EQ. I quit eq not long after that, but didn't feel like playing another one of these until recently. I have to say, I that LOTRO is generally fun with a decent implementation of the story (so far). Combat in the first 15 levels seems a bit to easy, and I'm not fond of the death has (virtually) no penalty system, but it is fun. If the storyline keeps me interested through the first 13 or 14 books, then I'm sure I'll buy the expansion. Plus, Turbine has the 200 bucks for a lifetime sub. If you make it 2 years into the game, you come out ahead....if the game lasts longer and you play it, it's a bargain....and yes, it's easy to go casual with this game, which is kinda nice.

Hello_Kitty_Man
Hello_Kitty_Man

LOTRO has done a great job with releasing free content in the past so I'm really hoping this to be something if we're paying again for it!

Elslav
Elslav

Biggest issue with LOTRO is content, When I played this game other than the Story-line quests this game was rather boring and the classes very generic. Hopefully this expansion will add more depth to a "not very deep" game. Turbines track record for MMOs is horrible too, hopefully they are learning from the minimal success of LOTRO and are learning how to do MMOs right

Rau-Ka
Rau-Ka

Thanks for the info wheelercub.

scottwilkins
scottwilkins

If LOTRO keeps up with the expansions, both free and like this, they will be setting a new standard for MMOs

tomjontee
tomjontee

I really can't wait for this update, Lotro is easily the best MMO I ve ever played, only question remains is whether following the expansion I ll be playing this or Warhammer...... Decisions

wheelercub
wheelercub

Here's a bunch more features I pulled out of the game developer Mines of Moria presentation. The Mines of Moria will be an immense, ancient, underground world containing "glorious Dwarf cities", tombs of legend, archaic Dwarven technology, and cavernous ancient halls and mines. * Players will be exploring the Dwarven cities before and during the attacks of the goblin hordes. * Brand new environment aware AI (creatures will use the environment against players strategically). * World changing instances (things that you do in Moria will actually change the environmental AI, layout, etc.) * 2 new character classes, Warden and Runekeeper * Brand new dynamic lighting (real time and location-specific lights and shadows). * New player lighting system (via torches, spells, glowing weapons, etc). * 10 new character levels, increasing the cap to 60, along with a slew of new traits, deeds, and titles * 3 brand new regions to explore (Moria, Eregion, and Lothlorien) * New factions and faction rewards including the Elves of Lorien * Ancient dwarven artifacts as treasure * Iconic Tolkien bosses (The Balrogs, The Watcher, The Nameless One, The Goblin Hordes). * Escape Moria and players have to pass through the Eregion Killing Fields to get to Lothlorien (which I believe he said that its a high level PVP zone). * Leaderboards and achievement rankings on both the Web and within the game. * Lots of new high level instances, raids, and solo experiences. But the most exciting thing I've seen in any game is the new weapon enhancement system they are introducing for Legendary Items. * The items have their own XP, deeds, and traits, and it's almost like leveling a pet. * As you adventure, you'll find items to slot into your legendary items to unlock great powers and abilities for you to use. * Assign high level "legacies" to your weapons much like Bilbo's Sting and Gandalf's Glamdring. * Rare deeds to enable further item advancement. Then he continued on with the future product game plan stating: * It will remain an episodic environment * Annual expansions are planned (volumes) * Frequent, rich, high quality free content updates will continue.

GriffinLord602
GriffinLord602

To videogamesjunki: HAHA! I can see where your coming from lol, but what I meant was, LotRO is believable, no matter what your sway on that is... The game world feels as if it has a history, I may be crazy, but not that crazy :P lol.

Aaronls79
Aaronls79

I really love this game been playing it sence Beta. It caters well to casual players. I was hooked on wow for a year I really had a good time with it but it seemed you had to play it like it was your full time job to get the full experience. This isn't so for LOTRO I had the best MMO experience I have ever had getting lost in the old forest (lvl 17) and that wasn't the last of my OMG experiences. I really love the style and uniqueness you can put into your characters as well as the diversity of equipment and ways you can effectively build your characters. In wow I felt that you where very limited in what build trees you could do and still be competitive and once you speced you where pretty much locked in due to the ever increasing cost of respecting. My experience with WoW was pre-Burning Crusade. I also feel that the overall level of maturity of the players I find in LOTRO are better than wow. Most likely that is due to the volume and popularity of WoW. This expansion will be great I am sure I just hope it doesn't catch on too much and we get overloaded with "Eric Cartman" like players spilling over from WoW.

videogamesjunki
videogamesjunki

GriffinLord602 said: To jamesmonkey4u... Yes, there are Elves, but WoW doesn't feel real, where LotRO does. My opinion anyways :/ ...Did someone *actually* respond that make-believe creatures in one fantasy game feel's real but not in the other fantasy game?

wheelercub
wheelercub

I can only imagine how great this is going to be. Currently it already looks amazing with DirectX10 enabled. I've played them all and LOTRO is a contender for one of the best MMOs ever made. But don't take my word for it, look at all the awards its won since it was originally released. Plus all the free content they keep releasing is nothing short of amazing.

SKaREO
SKaREO

Reading the books was nice. --- The game is just awful though.

Shikyo
Shikyo

OMG!! i need it now!! i cant wait for this kinda stuff

GriffinLord602
GriffinLord602

To jamesmonkey4u... Yes, there are Elves, but WoW doesn't feel real, where LotRO does. My opinion anyways :/

alanorman
alanorman

Sounds great! I am looking forward to playing the new chapters!

usedtype
usedtype

If this is of the same quality as the free updates but with a lot more content, it should be well worth the price of admission.

Kez1984
Kez1984

Actually there is no magic....there are only five wizard's so magic is limited to very few people, you do not use magic as char. Misty Mountan's looks the same as the lone-lands? The Lone-lands look the same as the Trollshaws? Are you sure you actually left an area? Also, for an MMO, you level up fast, almost too fast I would say.

jamesmonkey4u
jamesmonkey4u

Lotro is a good game, but i think its more for roleplaying people. I played this game and the problem i had was i explored all the areas and it looked the same everywhere, and the levelling felt slow and tendious. The graphics were nice apart from character models and it played okay but i just don't think its worth paying for per month. and to griffin it has elves in it and magic so it seems like a fairy tale to me? i've never met and elf.lol

GriffinLord602
GriffinLord602

Hey, I am a massive fan of LotR in all senses of the word, and like "maw02d" said, maybe this game is more for the fans, but at least LotR "isn't" a game for racially confused boys/men girls/women to dress up in colours of the rainbow armor.. which WoW is very much like :L lol. So at least the LotR game doesn't feel as if its out of a fairy tale, but feels real and full with lore that some people can relate too (like me and other people who have read the books). PS: By the way "MariusSE", Moria will be a huge new region in LotR, and will provide much for people to do, because if you think, Turbine can do so much with it because its all underground. And as for Rohan and stuff, their doing all this in order of the fellowship journey, so they wouldn't release Rohan yet.. Maybe not for some time, cause there are the Forests of Lorien to think about and stuff.

maw02d
maw02d

You WoW folks just crack me up. I'm so glad you're going back to your game because I like playing with people who read (i.e. have read the books) and enjoy the lore of the game. That's one thing some of you posters don't seem to understand, is that when you have a rich world like Middle Earth, you aren't limited by the creative team, but instead by putting Tolkien's vision into 3 dimensions and adapting it for easy accessibility for players. In short, this IS a "fanboy" game, and if you don't like it, go back to your mindless grind where you don't have to use the thing between your ears. /steps off soapbox.

Gruug
Gruug

ctifer1: I have been in LOTRO since Beta. I currently have 5 characters, 3 at level 50. Two of those I leveled pretty much solo. Since launch Turbine has added a ton of content which allows you to play solo as much as you want. Of course, you can always get to some really cool areas in the game by teaming up with a few people. As for addicting, you might be right. Addictions that are non-fattening and harmless fun can be a good thing! :)

ctifer1
ctifer1

I really liked this game, but left right at the time of the first big update because it was too addicting (and required too much teaming)

GDCalibur
GDCalibur

Really looking forward to this expansion. More classes , higher level cap , and more to explore. Can't complain with that.

MariusSE
MariusSE

Hmm, expansion is cool, but I was really hoping for some vast map expansion, like Isengard or Rohan or somthing.

wookie10
wookie10

Awesome!!! LOTRO Rocks, Beats the crap out ot Wow for being actually fun, with a real community. For any who argue...All i have to reference is Barrens Chat, is there a more depraved example of humanity at its worst than Barrens Chat...I think Not!

MidniteShadow
MidniteShadow

Sweet an exspansion to LOTRO :). hopefully they implement some better PvP features or alot more end game content.

ambros1954
ambros1954

Sounds like a great expansion. Looking forward to hearing more about the two new classes their adding.

jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

i play this, wow, and FFXI. I can't wait for the expansion!

morgonstjarnan
morgonstjarnan

Great. Endless hordes of respawning goblins to kill again, and again, and again. And then you can raid the Balrog. Maybe every ten times you kill it, it can drop epic equipment. /sarcasm

MamaLukuBuku
MamaLukuBuku

Didn't think this game was making enough to yield an expansion. Oh well still isn't going to make me leave FFXI.

RPG-Elite
RPG-Elite

will this have a monthly subscription? these games arent cheap as i found out

Dequeen91
Dequeen91

This is great news i have played both EQ2 and WoW but this game beats them all . Just w8 maybe a year and this game will outnumber wow both in content and players.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

I can see where the love and hate thing for wow is.. I myself played for over a year to find out that more grindage was required to get what I want. going from nothing to top taking more than a 6 months for 1 character is unacceptable in my book. A big thing about wow though.. if you're makin 100+ million a MONTH in sub fees.. might wanna get off your ass and crank out content a bit faster.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

.... people actually play this game? I thought that after wow there was nothing. Take DAoC or L2 for instance.. at most the peak users is only like 14k. If people play this then I guess that means that the matrix online is still alive and well.

BIGGO2003
BIGGO2003

Finally! This is the kind of news I've been waiting for! LOTRO already manages to hold its own as an MMO, I'm glad its expanding on the great base of content its laid for itself. This can only be good, people.

Sick3r
Sick3r

"LOTRO is not really made for PvP so yeah I don't care lol.' - Lionheart8472 Neither is WoW. Havn't you seen the RP, Normal realms? They have tons of people in them. Most of the poople in them only Raid. Just because your game is not so PVP oriented, doesn;t mean that WoW is. Nor does it mean that your game will always be, and stay true to Raids and Instances. PVP will most likely become a popular thing, in years to come to LOTRO. A lot of people enjoy the combat on MMOG.