Cody “Micajah” Bye and Jeff
Gird your loins intrepid adventurers, you’re about to be
plunged into the deepest, darkest parts of Middle-Earth and only the
strongest characters will come out alive! At this year’s
Connect ’08, the developers at Turbine decided to create the
climax of the party by dropping an absolute bombshell of an
announcement. According to Ten Ton Hammer’s executive editor,
Jeff Woleslagle, Turbine and Codemasters are hard at work on a
full-blown expansion to Lord
of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar
, and it is called Volume 2: Mines of Moria
Although the details are still coming in, here’s what we know
The Balrog of
Khazad-dûm will assuredly be an epic creature of immense
For all of you that are racing through the end-game in the first volume
of LOTRO, you’ll soon have more experience to earn and muster
through. 10 more levels are being plopped into the game, making even
the most extreme adventurer earn their new place in the lore of
Middle-Earth. And of course, you can’t simply add new levels
onto a game without a bevy of new content to go along with them.
In addition to the 10 additional levels of advancement, two new classes are going to be added into the game. Although LOTRO's executive producer, Jeffrey Steefel, couldn't talk much about the two new classes, he did toss out the names of the pair: the Warden and the Rune-keeper.
Three new regions are coming into the game to compliment those 10 new
levels and two new classes, and these regions certainly aren’t for the faint of
heart. The first and least known of the regions is Eregion, which is an
area outside of the West Gate of Khazad-dûm. Full of ancient
Elven ruins, Eregion may harbor a host of unseen enemies.
Second, and the deadliest region of the three, is Moria itself.
Hopefully any Tolkien fan – casual or hardcore alike
– will know what Moria contains: the Balrog of
Khazad-dûm. Unleashed by the dwarves of Moria, this creature
will make the other Balrog that was introduced earlier into the game
look tame. If the expansion is anything like the books, expect a vast
number of orcs and goblins to fight through in the depths of Moria
itself. The developers were also keen to mentions that Moria will also
be heaped with glittering Dwarven treasure!
The last new region on the list is Lórien, where players
will finally get to meet up with the Fellowship and possibly help ease
their pain after their desperate flight from the Balrog. The developers
will probably create an epically beautiful realm to represent Lórien,
and one can only expect Galadriel to be stunning (or Gimli would have
Finally, the developers at Turbine are also developing the first system
to create wholly unique weapons within the realms of Lord of the Rings
Online. These new weapons, called Legendary Weapons, will be able to
get deeds and traits of their own as they adventure through the world
in the hands of a mewling adventurer. Described to be like sentient
weapons from Dungeons & Dragons, one can only expect that the
new Legendary Weapons will be a highly sought after commodity.
According to the announcement, players won’t have to wait
long for this particular expansion to the original game; the Mines of Moria are set to launch in Fall 2008. The next full-box update after Mines of Moria
will be in 2009, as Turbine made it clear that they’re
aiming for a yearly expansion schedule. Sounds like fun!
For all of the doubters out there, don’t be afraid to read
this; all of the information won’t come without verification.
A brand new website for Volume
2: Mines of Moria
will be launching today (March 14,
2008) and allow players of all sorts to check out the upcoming
material. You can see the new website at
What are your thoughts on
this latest announcement? What should players
expect from the mines of Moria? Let
us know on the forums