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E3 2012: Turbine Announces LOTRO's Riders of Rohan Expansion

Updated Wed, Jun 06, 2012 by Martuk

E3 2012 is officially underway and Turbine kicks things off with the official announcement of the fourth expansion for The Lord of the Rings Online. The new expansion titled Riders of Rohan, will introduce mounted combat, a level cap increase to 85, new epic storyline quests that feature the breaking of the fellowship and the largest landscape additions to the game yet with the Eastern Plains of Rohan.

Turbine also revealed pre-order details for the Riders of Rohan expansion in three flavors: Base, Heroic and Legendary. Riders of Rohan launches on September 5th, 2012. Visit the Riders of Rohan expansion website for more.


THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™: RIDERS OF ROHAN™ TO LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 5, 2012


Players may Pre-Purchase the Fourth Major Expansion to the Award-Winning MMO Starting Today!

NEEDHAM, MA – June 5, 2012 -- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Turbine announced today The Lord of the Rings Online™: Riders of Rohan™, the next expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG), will launch on September 5, 2012. Players can pre-purchase Riders of Rohan and gain special benefits starting today by visiting http://rohan.lotro.com.

“Riders of Rohan is our biggest expansion yet, and raises the bar technically and artistically much like Mines of Moria did in 2008. We’re introducing the largest area we’ve ever built and a combat system unlike anything that has been built before in MMOs,” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online, Turbine. “We’re excited for players to be able to continue the epic story as players immerse themselves in Rohirrim culture and support King Théoden himself as they strive to keep the eyes of Mordor distracted from the Ringbearer’s task.”

THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE: RIDERS OF ROHAN FEATURES:

  • 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 Théoden’s lands. Mount your steed and gather your fellows to fight against Warbands, contingents of roving wargs and orcs 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.
  • Explore Largest Landscape Yet! -- Nearly three times as large as Moria! Join with the Rohirrim and ride across the sprawling Eastern Plains of Rohan. Raise high your sword to fight for honor and glory in the name of Théoden King! Experience hundreds of new quests, earn new favor, gear, deeds and more!
  • The Epic Story Continues -- The Fellowship is on the move once again and must achieve their task at all cost. It falls to you to clear the path and turn the Eye of the Enemy away from their progress as you aid the Rohirrim in their own struggle close by. Witness the breaking of the Fellowship at Amon Hen; forge alliances with the Ents of Fangorn; and aid Éomer, nephew of Théoden, as he seeks to protect his homeland from the growing Shadow.
  • Advance to Level 85 -- Learn what it means to be Rohirrim as you face new challenges throughout the Riddermark on your journey to level 85. Continue your legend as you grow in power with new skills and deeds and earn new armor and gear to aid you in the battles to come.

Starting today, players can take can take advantage of three special pre-purchase offers to celebrate the release of the next major expansion to LOTRO:

Legendary Edition -- Includes the full Riders of Rohan Expansion plus:

  • The Steed of the Eastemnet – An exclusive Rohirrim Mount available immediately with matching War-steed appearance available when Riders of Rohan launches
  • Armor of the Eastemnet -- An exclusive full set of Rohirrim cosmetic armour
  • Friend of the Mark -- An exclusive in-game Rohirrim title
  • 6th Inventory Bag – An inventory bag that grants 15 additional storage slots
  • Crystal of Remembrance – Adds one additional legacy to your legendary weapon
  • Exclusive Rohan Content -- Discover the lineage of the great War-steeds and earn a mounted combat deed that grants an exclusive skill for your War-steed

Pre-Purchase Bonuses:

  • Rohan Elite Guard Statted Cloak -- A box of four level 75 statted cloaks that allows you to choose a power bonus for your hero type
  • The Outriders Token -- A 25% XP Boost for all characters on your account that will last up to level 75
  • Rohirrim Soldier on Landscape Appearance -- Upon reaching level 20, you can customize your Soldier on Landscape with a Rohirrim Appearance

Heroic Edition – Includes the full Riders of Rohan Expansion plus:

  • The Steed of the Eastemnet – An exclusive Rohirrim Mount
  • Hauberk of the Eastemnet -- An exclusive Rohirrim cosmetic chest piece
  • Friend of the Mark -- An exclusive in-game Rohirrim title
  • Evendim, Moria, and Lothlórien Quest Packs -- Over 650 quests, 10 fellowship instances, and two raids

Pre-Purchase Bonuses:

  • Rohan Elite Guard Statted Cloak -- A box of four level 20 statted cloaks that allows you to choose a power bonus for your hero type
  • The Outriders Token -- A 25% XP Boost for all characters on your account that will last up to level 75
  • Rohirrim Soldier on Landscape Appearance -- Upon reaching level 20, you can customize your Soldier on Landscape with a Rohirrim Appearance
  • Base Edition -- Includes the full Riders of Rohan Expansion plus:
  • The Steed of the Eastemnet – An exclusive Rohirrim Mount
  • Friend of the Mark -- An exclusive in-game Rohirrim title

Pre-Purchase Bonuses:

  • Rohan Elite Guard Statted Cloak -- A box of four level 20 statted cloaks that allows you to choose a power bonus for your hero type
  • Rohirrim Soldier on Landscape Appearance -- Upon reaching level 20, you can customize your Soldier on Landscape with a Rohirrim Appearance

Players will have access to all of the bonus items including the Steed of the Eastemnet, the Armour and Hauberk of the Eastemnet, the Friend of the Mark in-game title, the 6th inventory bag, the Crystal of Remembrance, the Exclusive Rohan Content, the Evendim, Moria, and Lothlórien Quest Packs, the Elite Guard Statted Cloaks, the Outrider’s Token, and, upon hitting level 20, the Rohirrim Soldier on Landscape Appearance after purchase. The Riders of Rohan expansion itself and the Steed of the Eastemnet War-steed appearance will be available to play on September 5, 2012. These special offers will only be available for a limited time. For more information, please visit www.lotro.com.

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