Codemasters announce LOTRO's Rise of Isengard expansion
Posted: 19.11.2010 13:18 by Simon Priest Comments: 1
A new digital expansion to Lord of the Rings Online will be releasing in fall 2011 reveals Codemasters. It's called Rise of Isengard and it's not free.

It will be purchasable from the LOTRO store and it increases the level cap, gives access to the "legendary tower of Orthanc", and expands monster play.

"2010 has been a year of unprecedented growth for The Lord of the Rings Online with our successful introduction of a free-to-play option for our players,” said Lord of the Rings Online executive producer Kate Paiz.

"This is going to be another outstanding year for the game as we progress on our journey toward Mordor and it all begins with our upcoming November update. The journey will carry through 2011 ending with our arrival in the epic region of Isengard where players will confront the raging war and shadow that has spread across Middle-earth.”

Codemasters have listed the official Rise of Isengard features:

- Experience the Rise of Isengard
The Epic Story continues as the Grey Company makes its way south into Dunland, but troubles arise as their road takes them into lands where Dunlending forces, marshaled by the Wizard Saruman, prepare for war. The Rangers must seek new allies and face dangerous new foes, chief among them the traitor Saruman, whose web of intrigue threatens to endanger your quest, your friends, and your life.

- Increased Level Cap
Players will be able advance their characters up to level 70, gaining access to new traits, virtues, skills and class quests.

- Expanded Monster Play
LOTRO’s monster play system will get a major revamp including opening up the feature to all players, changes to monster player skills and advancement and a brand new region for players to battle for or against the forces of evil.

Have you been playing Lord of the Rings Online since Turbine and Codemasters shifted it over to a free-to-play model? The studio has since a massive boom in revenue thanks to the new business model, all through in-game microtransactions.

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By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Nov 20, 2010
Not played it, but have friends who've played it for 6-12 months. After that. their interest has waned. The full game is being given away on disc with several magazines in Oz.