Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isenguard

Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard out now

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The Hobbits are going to Isengard. The latest expansion for free-to-play Tolkien MMO Lord of the Rings Online is out now. Rise of Isengard adds three new lands, boosts the level cap to 75 and adds a new top tier, 24-player raid in which heroes must face down one of the last great dragons of Middle Earth.

The expansion can be bought from the Lord of the Rings Online site. The Legendary edition costs $49.99, and comes with a selection of Rohirrim mounts and armour sets, a selection of quest packs, including Trollshaws, Eregion, Lothlórien and Moria. You'll also get a thousand points to spend in the store. The $39.99 Heroic edition will just come with the mounts and a grand of points, and the base edition, at $29.99, comes with a single mount, and of course, Rise of Isengard. Raw and uncensored.

You can jump in and play Lord of the Rings Online for free right now. To get started, create an account on the Lord of the Rings Online site and download the client. It's rather good. Check out our Lord of the Rings Online review to find out why.


Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard screenshots show new zones and great dragon

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The Rise of Isengard expansion will add three new zones to Lord of the Rings Online in just two weeks time, including the rugged highlands of Dunland, the Gap of Rohan and Isengard itself. The level cap will rise to 75, new gear will be added and there will be a new raid to take down the "ancient evil of Draigoch," one of the last great dragons of middle earth. He's mean, he's got a beard, and it'll take a team of up to 24 players to take him down.

You'll find a screenshot of Draigoth from Massively below, along with eight new screenshots showing fighting bears Wargs, some smarmy but delectable golden armour and a man trying to hide inside some brackets. Rise of Isengard is out on September 27.


Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard screenshots show new Dunland zones

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The Hobbits are going to Isengard. They're going to roll right up to the tower of Orthanc and punch Saruman in the mouth. Then, when their cooldown timers have expired, they'll punch him in the mouth again. First, they'll have to travel through the swampy villages and airy wild areas of Dunland, one of the three new zones that will be added in the upcoming expansion set to hit Middle Earth on September 27. To see the six new screenshots, simply speak, friend, and enter.


E3 2011: Lord of the Rings Online's Rise of Isengard expansion will eventually be sold from in-game cash shop

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When Turbine announced their pre-order deals for Lord of the Rings Online's upcoming expansion, Rise of Isengard, online this week, a portion of the game's community were alarmed that it couldn't be purchased in the game's cash shop. I spoke with Turbine's Content Designer, Robert Hess, this morning to confirm how the expansion will be sold, so that antsy LOTRO fans can decide whether to pull the trigger on the pre-order and nab themselves some glorious new Rohirrim-style riding outfits.

The digital-only expansion will only be available for pre-order on Turbine's official website - not in-game. Turbine only wants to sell things in the cash shop after they are available in the game, so that there's no confusion of, "Hey, I just paid for this, why don't I have it?" in the cash shop. To that end, the Rise of Isengard expansion, set to release September 27, will be availabe in the cash-shop after that date, but will be unavailable for any pre-order bonuses.