Update 11: Treachery of the White Hand is launching for The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) next week and weÂve got a fresh new batch of screenshots from Turbine from around the new region of Wildermore. The new screenshots preview the five new areas that will be available to players with the update: Writhendowns, The Fallows, Whitshaws, High Knolls, and Balewood. Update 11 will also feature new epic story quests, a revamp of mounted combat with new class-specific traits, Hobbit presents, and new VIP benefits.
Update 11: Treachery of the White Hand launches on Monday, May 13th, 2013. As with other content, Update 11 will be free to VIP subscribers.
Update: Check out a new developer diary video here.
Update 11: Treachery of the White Hand
The epic story continues as you are called to the remote region of Wildermore! This Eastern Rohan area has been hard hit by an unnatural and deadly winter. A Stone Giant named NÃºrzum, under the control of Saruman, is rumored as the source of this icy tragedy. Throughout Wildermore, villages have suffered ravage and townsfolk have become refugees. Follow in the chilly footsteps of evil as you attempt to restore this once thriving region.
Embark through Five new areas
All word from Wildermore has ceased and rumors point to the worst. You must find and aid the town of Scylfig, which suffers from a strangely deepening winter and an Uruk-hai threat.
Uruk-hai invaders have torched the regionÂs farms, slaying many and driving the survivors from their homes. You must ride into the smoldering remains to help drive out the evil tides of NÃºrzum's raiders before meeting with the brooding Reeve of Wildermore.
As the brutal winter rages, many folk have gone missing, and the small village of Dunfast is in dire need of protection. You must follow in the wake of NÃºrzum's destruction, but can you find him in time? Face marauding Warbands as you race to save the people of Dunfast.
The town of the High Knolls, Byre Tor, long held out against the powers of NÃºrzum, but now has fallen to the beastly enemy. Venture among forbidding crags in search of the cityÂs hunted refugees, but use caution, for whispers warn that the Knolls are thick with Saruman's minions!
In the unruly, northern expanses of Fangorn Forest, the Darkness has taken hold. In the Balewood, violent Huorns and Wood-trolls prowl and SarumanÂs Uruk-hai linger. You must gather young Ents to rally against the growing corruption.
The Wildermore Quest pack is free to VIPs
Also new to Update 11
Â· Mounted combat revamp
New class-specific traits now enhance your mounted combat skills, while bonuses to mobility have been moved from traits to your base steed.
Â· Hobbit presents!
Another reason to get in the game! All players will receive a Silver Hobbit Present each day they log in to LOTRO. Rewards vary from common to legendary and are tailored to your logged-in characterÂs level and class.
Â· New VIP benefits
Improved offerings for VIPs, including a custom character portrait frame, improved bonus experience system and better Hobbit presents.