25 January 2012

LOTRO: Riders of Rohan to Launch This Fall


It was announced earlier this morning that the next expansion pack for Turbine’s The Lord of the Rings Online, the Riders of Rohan, will be released this fall! Featuring an increased level cap of 85, mounted combat, and new locations (such as Amon Hen and Fangorn Forest), the Riders of Rohan expansion is  going to be huge.

“2011 was another banner year for The Lord of the Rings Online with consistent growth for the game, a successful unification of our European and North American services and the success of Rise of Isengard, our best selling expansion to date,” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online. 

“This is going to be another outstanding year as we celebrate our fifth anniversary and introduce a wealth of new content throughout the year, ending with our arrival in Rohan. One of our largest expansions ever, Rohan is expected to be twice the size of the recent Rise of Isengard expansion and includes the most new game systems and technology we've introduced since 2008's Mines of Moria.”

For more information, visit LOTRO.com

18 comments:

  1. Britta, you are pretty knowledgeable about Lotro, right? I have a question. Do you know if playing the game, when you have even just a pending cancellation of your paid subscription, greatly increases the lag you get?

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    1. I've played both ways - VIP and F2P - over the years, and actually just canceled my subscription the other day; I personally have not noticed any difference in lag during or after the cancellation process. To be honest, though, when I switch to F2P it's usually because I need a break; so I don't play as often, and therefore probably wouldn't notice if there was a change.

      (You play? On which server? :))

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  2. That's just it in fact. I canceled mine recently because I couldn't justify spending that much for a game I played so rarely anymore. Then, just yesterday I logged in for the first time since canceling, and it just kept freezing up every few minutes. Really quite irritating. It's definitely something you would notice. I was trying to see if I could get back into it, but if that sort of thing would be commonplace for me now, I'm not so sure...

    But yes, I used to play a lot. Believe it or not, I got it in the first place because it was a requirement for a class of mine (Yes, it was the best class ever, by the way). Now, I only ever played on the Windfola server, and I don't think I ever set foot beyond those shores :p Do you have one you frequent most?

    I had one main elf, even got him up to level 35. Then I realized I somehow had gotten to that level without setting foot in the Lone Lands, which I was told was very unusual, and was probably cause I did so many North Downs quests, even getting pretty close to Angmar itself. So from there, I had no idea where to go to level next, so I kind of stopped playing as much. And here I am today.

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    1. I get a fair amount of lag from time to time, but it's usually my connection being slow or there being a high volume of other players in an area. I have noticed that if I stop playing for awhile, when I return I find the game to run a bit more slowly, simply because updates or patches need to download, etc. Or maybe it's Turbine's sneaky way of getting people to re-subscribe :(

      Really?! What class was that? That's awesome! I started on Vilya, but switched over to Landroval in July and have remained there ever since. I have a 75 Elf Champion and now I'm working on a Man Hunter (almost level 50). Most of my friends play on Landroval; I found Vilya was not a very social or mature server to be on.

      That is pretty unusual. I usually just skip the North Downs altogether. I do sometimes get myself into road blocks and, being unsure of where to go, abandon the character and just start anew. If you ever decide or have the time to start playing more seriously again, I'm trying to end my hiatus, and am always rolling new alts...so you should switch over to Landroval ;D

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  3. Oh the updates all installed. I had to wait half an hour before actually playing, since it had been so long. Though I've gone longer without playing, and never had such a problem. I'll see if it persists next time.

    It was an online course on Homer and Epic, primarily using LOTRO as sort of the hands-on discussion area, to better communicate and reinforce the concepts across a relatively new, and in many ways similar, medium. I had an absolute blast with it, and even TA'd a different class shortly after with the same professor, again using LOTRO.

    Now, I'm not sure I'd want to completely ditch the character I spent so much time on :\ So, a question about the different servers, you can use the same characters, with the same items and same kinships, etc, right? Or do you have to start from scratch? I'm ok with that, but I still had so much left to do with my main, if I could figure out where to go next.

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    1. Wow! Sounds like an awesome class :)

      Unfortunately, characters are not server-compatible. You can bring characters from one server to another, but it costs Turbine Points or real money :( It's a lot to ask of someone, so if you ever decide to start a new character, you should do so on Landroval. But don't ditch your current guy if you're still thinking of playing him.

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  4. It definitely was. So yeah, I'd like to create some new characters anyway, and I doubt I'd spend money just to transfer. So, what character of yours should I look for on Landroval?

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    1. Brittanyia is my level 75 Elf; Bregolad is my level 48 Man; and I have Beornara who is only level 9, if I remember correctly.

      Hopefully I'll be back on soon. I had a phony computer virus a couple of days ago, but it's screwed up my LOTRO files so I may need to re-install it over the weekend.

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  5. Ouch! That sounds nasty. Hope the reinstallation goes smoothly. Well, I'll keep an eye out for you on that server soon. And I might have to go back to those Tolkien naming sites to come up with a good name again :)

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    1. Me too - I've never had to reinstall before, so I'm praying I don't lose the RoI expansion (though I don't see why I would, since it was a digital download).

      Let me know once you've created your character and I'll be sure to keep an eye out for you too! :)

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  6. Ahh, wait. Now that you mention Rise of Isengard, it makes me curious. See, when I installed Lotro, the latest expansion was Siege of Mirkwood, and if there were any after that, I didn't manually install them. Now, possibly dumb question, but do I have to do so for RoI, or is it an automatic update?

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    1. It's the newest expansion pack, so if you want it, you'll have to purchase it online and then manually update the game.

      I downloaded Siege of Mirkwood when it came out, but at the time didn't realise that digital downloads needed to be manually installed after purchasing, so I lost out and now can't seem to get it back...

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  7. Sorry, I'm confused. When you install the latest one, don't you get all the preceeding ones? I know when I installed Siege, I also got Mines of Moria and Shadows of Angmar automatically. At least that's how I understood it.

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    1. You already have Mines of Moria, Shadows of Angmar, and Siege of Mirkwood installed, right? If you haven't purchased the Rise of Isengard expansion, it will not automatically update.

      I installed Moria & Angmar from discs, and I did that two years ago before purchasing Rise of Isengard, so I don't know if installing the expansions will also give you the original packs.

      Maybe Turbine can explain it a little better: http://isengard.lotro.com/purchase.php

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  8. Hm, it looks like you're right, you have to buy RoI either way, even though the game has gone F2P. That's unexpected.

    I didn't use a disc for my original download, but I would assume buying the latest version of the game would still give you access to everything that came before it, like Ered Luin and such. Right? Well anyway, if I start a new character, it's going to be quite a while before I need to buy access to Isengard.

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  9. Yeah, I would imagine so. I don't see how they could get away with letting someone download just the expansion and not the original packs. It would be useless.

    RoI isn't worth getting until you've hit about 60-65 (at the earliest), so no rush. You'll also have the benefit of hopefully missing most of the bugs (such as falling through the floors in the Iron Pit). I pre-ordered it because I wanted to hit 75 as soon as possible, but there were bugs near the end and I even ended up running out of quests at the very end (thank God for tasks/rep XP!). That should all be fixed by now, I would imagine.

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    1. Yeah, I figured I wouldn't need it for a while anyway. Well, thanks for all the info, I hope your reinstallation goes well. And I will keep an eye out for one of your characters when I make someone on that server :) Haha, sorry for taking up so much space on the comments here.

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    2. Anytime! Look forward to meeting you in-game at some point :) Haha, no worries; I don't mind!

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