The Lord of the Rings Online Expands This Fall

Turbine announces Riders of Rohan, a new expansion for The Lord of the Rings Online coming to the free-to-play MMORPG via digital distribution this autumn. This will carry "an increased level cap, the vast plains of Rohan including iconic locations such as Amon Hen and Fangorn Forest, the new Mounted Combat system and much more." Here's a feature list:

  • Experience the Riders of Rohan – 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.
  • Introducing Mounted Combat – Ride into Combat atop your loyal War-steed as you defend the people of Rohan from the forces of Isengard and Mordor. Customize your War-steed’s armor and level its skills over time to aid you in mounted defense of King Theoden’s lands. Mount your steed and gather your fellows to fight against Warbands, contingents of roving warg riders that have been scouted all over the Plains of Rohan! It falls to you to head off and defeat this new threat before they over take the land.
  • Advance to level 85 – Continue your legend in the next chapter of The Lord of the Rings Online. Experience new adventures in the epic story, and gain new skills and deeds as you face new challenges on your journey to 85!
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eunichron wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 15:28:
"Grinding" is a part of MMOs. That is how you keep people playing, requiring X amount of time to receive Y reward. ...
I hope GW2 can fix that, but I'm remaining cynical about it.

The interesting thing is that GW2 *doesn't* need to do this.
Other MMOs need to keep you playing to keep you paying.
GW2 - you've paid, you're in and done. They have no need to drag your experience out except insofar as it's actually entertaining and rewarding.

I see LOTS of people hoping about GW2. I played WoW for 7 years, and had two accounts. I have heard the term tossed around for years, about AoC, WAR, etc, etc...but seriously, given the slope of WoW subscriptions, GW2 has the *potential* to be a WoW killer.
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