Turbine Unveils Digital Expansion to The Lord of the Rings Online

September 4, 2009

Turbine Unveils Digital Expansion
to The Lord of the Rings Online

New Digital Expansion to the 2008
MMO of the Year Launching this Fall

Turbine, Inc. today unveiled The
Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood, the digital expansion to the
award-winning massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG). Siege of
Mirkwood will expand the online world of Middle-earth where players will join
forces to press further eastward into the dark, foreboding and treacherous
forest of Mirkwood and take part in the epic conclusion to Volume II of The Lord
of the Rings Online. Siege of Mirkwood will be available as a digital download
this Fall with an increased level cap, a new region including the legendary evil
fortress of Dol Goldur, major enhancements to combat and Legendary Items and the
introduction of Skirmishes, a new system where players will train customizable
soldiers and take them into battle as part of the War of the Ring.

“2009 has been a year of
unprecedented growth for The Lord of the Rings Online and the launch of Siege of
Mirkwood will end the year with a bang,” said Jeffrey Steefel, Executive
Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online. “As the game expands east of the Misty
Mountains, players will face the raging war and shadow that has spread across
Middle-earth and the new Skirmish system will thrust players and their soldiers
into the War of the Ring.”

NEW FEATURES:

  • The Epic Conclusion to Volume II:
    Mines of Moria – Under the command of Celeborn and Galadriel, players will
    fight through vast armies of Orcs alongside the Elves of Lrien in a battle
    that will take them to Dol Guldur, the fortress of the Ringwraiths. This
    update includes Book 9 and the Epilogue to the sweeping epic tale begun with
    the award-winning Mines of Moria expansion.

  • Increased Level Cap — Players will
    be able advance their characters up to level 65, gaining access to new traits,
    virtues, skills and class quests.

  • Answer the Call of War! – Jump
    into the heat of battle with the new Skirmishes feature. Skirmishes offer
    endless action in repeatable, randomized instances where players can create
    and lead customizable soldiers into battle, training them to greater skill as
    they earn victories against the forces of shadow. Answer the call of war
    wherever violence erupts with the new “World Join” function that lets players
    and their fellowships band together to fight in various locations throughout
    Middle-earth.

  • Take up Arms! – Infiltrate the
    dark jails, deadly arenas and savage stables of Dol Guldur, the fortress of
    the Ringwraiths, and strike a blow against Sauron’s forces in new 3 and
    6-player instances. Call upon your fellows to adventure into the most deadly
    12-player raid yet and face the ultimate challenge – the Nazgl Lord!

  • Major Gameplay Enhancements –
    Turbine continues to improve the award-winning experience of LOTRO with major
    improvements to the combat and Legendary Items systems. Players will
    experience improved responsiveness when in the heat of battle. Players will
    also be able to create and craft their own customized Second and Third Age
    Legendary Items from raw materials and grow their weapons’ power to level 60.
    Achieve new Legacies, new titles, and a fourth Runic slot that will make
    Legendary Items even more unique and powerful.

The Lord of the Rings Online is an
award-winning MMORPG that delivers an interactive experience brimming with life
and filled with the familiar people, places and monsters from the most beloved
fantasy adventure of all time. From the picturesque surroundings of the Shire to
Moria, the great underground realm to the menace of Mirkwood, players will
experience the world of Middle-earth as never before. The Lord of the Rings
Online: Siege of Mirkwood will be available as a digital download this Fall.
Details regarding Siege of Mirkwood’s pricing, pre-order offers and availability
will be unveiled soon. For more information, visit
www.lotro.com/mirkwood.