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Lord of the Rings Online – New Expansion “Riders of Rohan” Confirmed

Lord of the Rings Online – New Expansion “Riders of Rohan” Confirmed

I’ll let you into a secret, come on gather around… Right, don’t tell anyone but as gaming hacks we read a lot about games everyday and it takes something special to get us excited. Well, for this chimp at least, today is one of those rare days when that happens and I’m almost too giddy to bring you this marvellous announcement from Turbine.

*Deep breath* Lord of the Rings Online will receive a new expansion this autumn it has been confirmed and it will continue the games epic storyline into the lands of Rohan, bringing with it some very cool features.

2012 is the fifth anniversary of LOTRO and this expansion is going to be one heck of a way to celebrate, but before we get to what we’ll see in the latest addition to Gamerillaz favourite MMO, Turbine will be introducing several free content updates between now and the autumn which will include new areas, such as The Great River Area which falls between Lothlorien and the Sanghorn Forest and is where we will start our journey on the path to the realm of The Horse Lords. We are told that The Great River Area will be strewn with Rohirric architecture and filled to the brim with the eastlings.

So, what can we look forward to in the near future? A problem with MMO’s for many gamers has always been finding other adventurers to quest with and Turbine are addressing this issue in the Spring with all new “soloification” features which will see characters who do not currently have pets at their disposal able to summon companions to their side to aid them in the fight against the Shadow. Yes, combat pets are coming to Lord of The Rings Online! I got a bit over excited then, sorry about that.

In the words of the seminal 1980′s Irish comedian Jimmy cricket, “But wait there’s more,” because by the time the later part of the year rolls around players will be able to access around half of Rohan, which in total, if your looking for an idea of scale, will be half the size of Eredor and twice the size of Moria. As well as all this Tolkien goodness there will be monthly updates addressing bugs and including festival updates, brand new rewards, store sales and much, much more.

That just leaves the expansion itself, here is what Executive Producer Kate Paiz had to say:

“Join with the Rohirrim and ride across the sprawling Plains of Rohan; witness the breaking of the Fellowship at Amon Hen; forge alliances with the Ents of Fangorn; and aid Éomer, adopted son of Théoden, as he seeks to protect his homeland from the growing Shadow.”

Rohan is a dangerous place these days, the king is not what he once was, orcs roam freely across the lands and any traveller is at their mercy. The only way to combat such threats is to do what the Rohirrim do best, that’s right, mounted combat. Players will be able to use War-steeds which can be upgraded and leveled as you use them to assault Warbands across the plains. This has to be one of the coolest editions to any MMO for years and I for one can’t wait.

The expansion will see the level cap increased to 85 and just in case there isn’t enough there to have you fighting for air, two smaller areas including Amon Hen (the place where Boromir turned his toes up) and The Edge of Fangorn will also be included, both of which suggesting that the meta plot which runs across this brilliant game will continue to be a tour de force.

If you haven’t played Lord of The Rings Online, then now is the chance to do so, if you want to find out more about the game be sure to check out the Gamerillaz Guide to MMO’s. We’ll be all over any news coming from Turbine like a cheap suit as we count down to these exciting updates, so be sure to check back for further news.

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