Lord of the Rings Online to go Free this Fall

Yesterday, Turbine and Warner announced that the Lord of the Rings Online will go free to play this fall for North America and Europe. Players can download the game and play it for free however, you will need to purchase expansion, quest packs, items and special account services through the new LOTRO Store. Players will also be able to join the VIP program which will enable unlimited access to all of the game’s content for a decent price.

The beta will begin on the 16th of June and you can currently sign up for the new service’s through the game’s official website.

Here are the new options which the game will provide:

  • Free means Free – Players will download LOTRO 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.

A good news for exisiting lifetime memebers is that they will automatically get the VIP account feature and also 500 Turbine Points a month until the new structure goes live. So, if you have been waiting to play LOTRO and you never had the money, then fear not you can now get it for free!


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