Turbine officially launches The Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO) into the free-to-play market today. Free-to-play beta testers and past and current subscribers have been enjoying the new content early but everyone will be able to sample what Middle-earth has to offer starting today. Patrons of the LotRO website may also have noticed that the site and forums have gotten a major makeover to welcome new and old players alike. It's all part of Turbine's secret weapon, a formula that they seem to have mastered when it comes to free-to-play transition and success.

Want to give LotRO a try? Sign up for a free account and download the standard client here and the hi-rez client here to get started. Check out the latest update notes for what's new while you're downloading the client.

To read the latest guides, news, and features you can visit our Lord of the Rings Online Game Page.

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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