Announced: THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™: RISE OF ISENGARD™

THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™: RISE OF ISENGARD™

press release: http://www.lotro.com/news/pressreleases/910

Rise of Isengard™ Teaser  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STMIauUwcLY

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND TURBINE UNVEIL THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™: RISE OF ISENGARD™

New Digital Expansion to The Lord of the Rings Online™ Launching Fall 2011

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment unveiled today The Lord of the Rings Online™: Rise of Isengard™, the latest expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) developed by Turbine.  Rise of Isengard will expand the online world of Middle-earth where players will join forces to press further eastward into the legendary region of Isengard.  Rise of Isengard will be available for purchase in the LOTRO Store in the Fall of 2011 with an increased level cap, the new region of Isengard including the legendary tower of Orthanc, enhancements to monster play and much more!

“2010 has been a year of unprecedented growth for The Lord of the Rings Online with our successful introduction of a free-to-play option for our players,” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online.  “This is going to be another outstanding year for the game as we progress on our journey toward Mordor and it all begins with our upcoming November update. The journey will carry through 2011 ending with our arrival in the epic region of Isengard where players will confront the raging war and shadow that has spread across Middle-earth.”

NEW FEATURES:

  • Experience the Rise of Isengard – The Epic Story continues as the Grey Company makes its way south into Dunland, but troubles arise as their road takes them into lands where Dunlending forces, marshaled by the Wizard Saruman, prepare for war. The Rangers must seek new allies and face dangerous new foes, chief among them the traitor Saruman, whose web of intrigue threatens to endanger your quest, your friends, and your life.
  • Increased Level Cap — Players will be able advance their characters up to level 70, gaining access to new traits, virtues, skills and class quests.
  • Expanded Monster Play – LOTRO’s monster play system will get a major revamp including opening up the feature to all players, changes to monster player skills and advancement and a brand new region for players to battle for or against the forces of evil.

from: http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?&postid=5086306#post5086306

Yes there will be updates as we make our way towards Isengard. Obviously we have the November update on the 29th and Executive producer Kate Paiz and Aaron “Rowan” Campbell have already shared some of the information about the new Raid and instance cluster coming in the first part of 2011 in addition to changes in Legendary Items and the removal of radiance gating.

Keep an ear to the ground because I know Rowan has given some interviews recently that should be coming out very soon.

from: http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?&postid=5086972#post5086972

I’ll try to clear up some of the confusion.

For starters, we have said for the past few months that we were on the road to Isengard with a target late in 2011. So today’s announcement reinforces those comments and puts a name to that goal.

I know some players had hoped Rohan would be next, but we have only ever referred to Rohan as a place we will go to eventually and we will. We’ll also go to Mordor at some point. It’s just not ‘next’.

Despite some misinterpretation in the press, there are no plans for Isengard to contain open-world PvMP or PvP.

I’ve seen at least one comment suggesting mounted combat is coming with Isengard, this is also inaccurate. I don’t think it’s any secret that we’ve been working on our mounts system and adding in various features. Kate has even stated in interviews that we’re working on various concepts and prototypes for it. Clearly, we are interested in bringing this feature to our game, but it won’t be in 2011.

And finally, just because you know what’s coming at the end of next year it doesn’t mean there is nothing until then. We’ve already said we’re hard at work on our first update for 2011 and we’ve spoken openly about new raids, the removal of radiance, and a revamp of the Legendary item system. All of this and more is planned before Isengard releases in the fall.


LotRO: Rise of Isengard – An Expansion Reveal Interview with Producer Aaron Campbell http://www.tentonhammer.com/lotro/interviews/rise-of-isengard-reveal

Rise of Isengard is still close to a year away

The Road to Mordor: Rise of Isengard is coming!

http://www.massively.com/2010/11/19/the-road-to-mordor-rise-of-isengard-is-coming/#continued

From reading the forums this is what many expect the next year (to 2012) to offer

LM and RK patch November 29, 2010*

Between patch and fall of 2011:release of Rise of Isengard

– Removal of radiance
– Revamp to L I system
– A new instance cluster and a new raid(s)


A note on lotteries

http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?&postid=5085246#post5085246

Re: New Lottery Schedules and Info!When the lotteries return they will be available for Free, Premium, and VIP players. Everyone will have a chance to win cool stuff.

Speaking of which, you should follow us on Twitter. We’re giving away codes worth 250 Turbine Points to 30 followers. http://www.twitter.com/lotro



To recap the Nov 2010 patch has 5 main parts as outlined in Dev Diaries..

1) Dev Diary Feedback: November 2010 Update Crafting Changes

http://www.lotro.com/gameinfo/devdiaries/894-developer-diary-november-2010-update-crafting-changes

2) Dev Diary Fedback: November Update Rune-keeper Changes

http://www.lotro.com/gameinfo/devdiaries/889-developer-diary-november-update-rune-keeper-changes

3) Dev Diary Feedback: November Update Lore-master Changes

http://www.lotro.com/gameinfo/devdiaries/877-developer-diary-november-update-lore-master-changes

4) Dev Diary Feedback: Tasks

http://www.lotro.com/gameinfo/devdiaries/901-developer-diary-tasks

5) Developer Diary:Vault 2.0 (doesn’t specifically state coming Nov 2010)

http://www.lotro.com/gameinfo/devdiaries/868-developer-diaryvault-20

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