Warner Bros. Interactive has announced that Lord of the Rings Online will be going free-to-play! An update, scheduled to go live later this fall, will make the game available to everyone in North American and Europe with a new pricing model available.

Not surprisingly, the press release makes mention of the successful switch over from pay-to-play into F2P of Dungeons and Dragons Online.

“Turbine’s Dungeons and Dragons Online®: Eberron Unlimited™ was the world’s first truly premium free-to-play online game that ushered in a new era of choice for online gamers seeking quality entertainment,” said Jim Crowley, President and CEO of Turbine. “The popularity of DDO validated the extraordinary demand by gamers for quality entertainment they can experience at their own pace and within their budget. Extending free-to-play to LOTRO will offer another premium game to a broad spectrum of fans.”

What exactly does free mean? Have a look at what is being offered under the new pricing model!

Free means Free! – Players will download LOTRO by visiting www.lotro.com and join with millions of other adventurers as they explore the most complete and authentic recreation of Middle-earth ever created and participate in LOTRO’s award-winning epic story up to level 50 for free.

Visit the new LOTRO Store! -- The LOTRO Store is loaded with thousands of convenience items as well as expansion packs, premium content, additional character slots, potions, character customization and more! The LOTRO Store is seamlessly integrated into the game and lets the player identify new and exciting ways to enhance and customize their experience using points which can be purchased in the store or earned through gameplay.

Be a LOTRO VIP! – Players who elect to become a LOTRO VIP will have unlimited access to all premium content, receive priority server access, 5 character slots, a shared bank slot, and a monthly allotment of points to spend in the new LOTRO Store.

The game is offering a beta program starting June 16th that will allow players to check out the upcoming changes. Sign up on the official website to get that first peek at what Turbine plans to do with this much loved game.

It worked for DDO, will the new pricing model be just as successful for LOTRO? Let us know what you think!

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Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016