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Turbine's MMORPG Lord of the Rings Online will be receiving a new expansion pack in the fall. LOTRO: Riders of Rohan will introduces mounted combat, new areas, and new adventures to the game.
"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," reads Turbine's description of the expansion.
Players will be able to ride their War-steed into battle against the forces of Isengard and Mordor. The Plains of Rohan are infested with bands of warg riders and it's your job to wipe them out. You can customize your steed's armor and over time upgrade its skills.
Your mount won't be the only thing getting stronger in Riders, though. The expansion also raises the player level cap from 75 to 85. You'll find new skills and deeds to earn through this latest chapter.
"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 LOTRO executive producer Kate Paiz. "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.”
LOTRO became a free-to-play game in September 2010. Premium content like quest packs and items can be purchased for real world money. You can also spring for the monthly subscriptions and get unlimited access to all quests and areas, as well as other VIP perks.