This was announced a little while ago and I just found it 🙂
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND TURBINE ANNOUNCE THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™: HELM’S DEEP™The Fifth Expansion to the Critically-Acclaimed MMO Launches in Fall 2013 (NEEDHAM, MA – April 24, 2013) — Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment unveiled today The Lord of the Rings Online™: Helm’s Deep™, the next expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) developed by Turbine. Helm’s Deep will continue the Epic Story into the western plains of Rohan, allow players to take a direct role in the battle for Helm’s Deep and advance the level cap to 95. “With Helm’s Deep, we’re bringing the War of the Ring to players on a monumental scale,” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online, Turbine. “Our team is thrilled to create another iconic moment in Middle-earth, and put players in the center of the action.” THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE: HELM’S DEEP FEATURES:
- Experience the Battle for Helm’s Deep – Fight to defend Helm’s Deep starting at level 10, as your character enlists as a soldier in the Battle of the Hornburg, the most massive conflict yet in The Lord of the Rings Online. Earn rewards for your contribution to the war effort – win or lose, your aid makes a difference!
- Explore new landscapes across Western Rohan – Explore the Westemnet of Rohan and rally each of the five Ridings as Rohan returns to glory. Traverse the capital of Edoras, mysterious Dunharrow, and the fortress of the Hornburg, deep within Helm’s Deep.
- Advance from levels 85 to 95 – Experience 10 new levels, from 85 to 95, with new skills and completely updated class specializations. Both mounted and un-mounted combat will challenge you as you war against the evil of Saruman.
- Continue the Epic Story – Encounter beloved characters such as Aragorn, Éowyn, and Éomer. Restore King Théoden to his rightful lordship and defend the peoples of Rohan at Helm’s Deep.
The Lord of the Rings Online™ is the ultimate adventure! This award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game delivers an interactive experience brimming with life and filled with the familiar people, places, and monsters from the most famous fantasy of all time. For more information, visit www.lotro.com. # # # THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™ interactive video game © 2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc and patents pending. All rights reserved. Middle-earth Poster Map © 2007 The Saul Zaentz Company, d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises (SZC), under license to Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.. All rights reserved. “The Lord of the Rings Online”,“Helms Deep” “Shadows of Angmar”, “Mines of Moria”, “Siege of Mirkwood”, “Rise of Isengard”, “Riders of Rohan”, Middle-earth Enterprises logo, “Mithril”, “The Lord of the Rings” and the names of the characters, events, items and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of SZC under license to Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Turbine and the Turbine logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Perhaps I’ll save some money and do something I’ve never done before: Buy an expansion pack. Allthough I do realize that my characters currently are nowhere near this expansion level-wise, it can be interesting. But I’ll need to think about it really hard! If I do it, I’ll do it on one of my “side-“accounts. I want to keep my main account a clean Free to play account, besides the one month subscription I bought to save several things. And of course gifted TP (Riddle Games anyone?) are always welcome on this account as well!
Anyway, back to the expansion, I’m looking forward to more news about it. I do think they’d better make sure that ALL current bugs and other problems are fixed before they release another expansion. New expansion are all great, but not if there are a gazillion problems which aren’t being fixed before the expansion is being released.
What do you think about it? Are you looking forward to Helm’s Deep? Will you buy the expansion pack?