Lord of the Rings Online going Free-2-Play; This is not a joke


Today officially announced that the game we all know and love, , will be going Free-2-Play this fall with the release of Volume 3 Book 2. Yeah, I know that sounds like an April Fool’s joke – so here it is straight from the horses mouth:

Today is an important day for LOTRO: we’ve announced that this fall, LOTRO will begin offering a Free-to-Play option! Players will be able to download the game and adventure in Middle-earth for free. With Free-to-Play comes the addition of the LOTRO Store, where players will have immediate in-game access to a wide variety of special items, account services, and convenience items.

Yes, this means Turbine is taking LotRO down the same route they took DDO []. It is no surprise really, DDO increased revenue in a dramatic way after going F2P – it was only a matter of time, I guess, before LotRO was added to that list.

I have major reservations about this, I am a Lifetime Subscriber so am automatically a ‘VIP’ member but the DDO Store has many… er… “helper” items in it that make game play extremely easy – if the same happens with LotRO then what?

I will reserve full judgement until I either get into the Beta for it, or I see it Live.  The Sky is not falling Chicken Little.. but times, they are a changing.

~Branadoc

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~ by Branadoc on June 4, 2010.

One Response to “Lord of the Rings Online going Free-2-Play; This is not a joke”

  1. […] Sneaky Hobbits: “The Sky is not falling Chicken Little.. but times, they are a changing.” […]

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