LOTRO: Helm's Deep expansion out November 18

Fifth expansion for aging MMO game being released this fall; Base and Premium versions available for prepurchase beginning today.

The fifth expansion for the free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game Lord of the Rings Online--Helm's Deep--will launch on November 18, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today.

The expansion is now available for prepurchase through the $60 Premium Edition and $40 Base Edition. The Base Edition includes all Helm's Deep content, as well as the Hauberk of the Hammerhead chest piece, the title of Helm's Enforcer, and 1,000 Turbine points.

The Premium Edition packs in the Armor of Hammerhand armor, an additional 10 quest log slots, the Crystal of Remembrance (adds one additional legacy to legendary weapons), the titles Helm's Enforcer and Helm's Avenger, and 2,000 Turbine points.

In addition, all Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's Deep prepurchases will receive the Shield of Hammerhand (+25 percent experience) and the Steed of the Hammerhand, an exclusive Rohirrim mount with matching War-Steed appearance. These bonuses can be used immediately in the game.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's Deep expansion, as its name suggests, brings players to the Battle for Helm's Deep. Players can enlist as a soldier in the Battle of the Hornburg as early as level 10 and earn rewards--win or lose.

The expansion also introduces new landscapes across the Western Rohan lands, including the Westemnet of Rohan, Edoras, Dunharrow, and the Hornburg within Helm's Deep.

The Helm's Deep expansion also increases the level cap from 85 to 95 and introduces new skills and updated class specializations. In the content, players will encounter Aragorn, Eowyn, and Eomer as they help restore King Theoden to his throne.

For more on the expansion, check out GameSpot's preview of the content.

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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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Discussion

15 comments
Fearless62
Fearless62

Well as a 2 year veteran player  this game is feeling its age badly. The reason that this game get that feeling of being over the hill an WOW does not is simple this is not a Blizzard game it's been sold down the river 3 times now and Warner is running it right into the ground. It main problem is not the game its the people that make and poor management. I would say this is its last expansion. There licences are up for renewal this year and I think it not going to happen. I love LOTRO but in the last year this game has done a nose dive right into the dirt.

To say ageing was being kind as of now there is about 3 active servers for the US and 3 for the EU. I am buy this pack today not because the game is great but because of a lack of another game about Lord of the Rings. I hope soon someone makes LOTRO 2 and I hope its not Warner  


I wish that Blizzard would make LOTRO 2 but they don't make movie or book based games but anyway Warner Brothers has to go  

Kjranu
Kjranu

The only one aging here is Eddie and WoW. 

brusto
brusto

Aging MMO? Not trying to defend LOTRO, but it's funny how nobody said anything like that regarding WoW in the past years, huh? 

DMND
DMND

God knows how hard I tried to play this game. I guess it was me, not the game.

jjfddf
jjfddf

This is the only MMO that keeps me coming back yearly, all due to the lore, I will play until the Ring in destroyed. That being said, I "come back" yearly for expansions, that holds me for 3-6 months before my gaming ADD kicks in and I need a change. But IMO this is by far one of the best MMO's on the market, and it certainly has proven it's staying power.

toffifee
toffifee

Lotro is a fantastic MMO. To bad none of my friends has realised this. :(. It's also funny that this and Eve release free expansions when all of WoW's you have to pay for. Greedy Blizzard.

aovannor
aovannor

lol "aging MMO".. you don't say that on WoW articles even though it's three years older.

Kayweg
Kayweg

@toffifee Not disagreeing about Lotro being a good MMO. I regulary revisit it.

But the expansions aren't free.

traitor_651
traitor_651

@Kayweg In theory you can buy the expansions with turbine points, which you can grind and earn in game, so in theory you can get all the expansions for free.

aovannor
aovannor

@traitor_651 @Kayweg Grinding for months is not what I consider free. Could work 4 hours and buy it or grind 200 hours... 200 hours spent is not free. Better to just pay for the damn things.

Kayweg
Kayweg

@traitor_651 Yes, i'm aware of that possibility, but the amount of TP per playthrough is not indefinite. You'd have to grind all that TP over multiple characters....but ok, fair enough.

It's theoretically possible i suppose.

I just found the "free" part slightly misleading, especially in connection with Eve in the same sentence....those expansions ARE free in the truest sense