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Markan 11th June 2010 03:01 AM

LOTRO going F2P
Turbine have recently announced that following the success of DDO moving to F2P then LOTRO is going to follow it this fall/autumn.

There has been quite a bit of discussion down in the LOTRO division but I thought I should mention it in here as well :)

Atrayo 12th June 2010 09:59 AM

Thanks Markan.

I had read elsewhere that Warner Bros. owns Turbine Entertainment and the decision came from Warner Bros for the change of business model for LoTRO.

I guess those with Lifetime subscriptions to LoTRO will get extra goodies when the change takes hold.

Markan 12th June 2010 10:49 PM

It's actually only about a week away from beta. If anyone is interested in seeing it then the beta signup link is below.

LOTRO Goes Free to Play!

It looks like the decision was Turbines though as its way too close to have been a WB decision. I think the turn around of DDO was too much for them to ignore - and if they can recreate that on LOTRO which is far from in the doldrums like DDO was then they may be onto a real winner.

And yes for people like me with lifetime accounts we continue to get free access to the game and get a monthly stipend of points to spend in the shop :) They have similar deals for people on recurring subscriptions as well - so if you pay a sub you get more but you can still play free.

Bort 15th June 2010 02:39 PM

I dont understand why there is a beta for this - its just a change to the payment structure isnt it?

Markan 15th June 2010 05:20 PM

The beta includes some changes to zones and quests to accommodate F2P, some more changes to the initial zones, an in-game store, DX11 support, a new region (Enedwaith) and some changes to the way storage is handled :)

Bort 15th June 2010 06:40 PM

Fair enough - I'm just keen to try it out

Ancient_One 27th July 2010 12:12 AM

Talk about slow I nearly missed this thread.

Sent me request. Thanks for posting mate.

Moza 25th August 2010 04:46 PM

If you want to get a bit of a look at what you can expect from LoTRO under Free to Play mode you can head on over to my little LoTRO Beta Blog.

There are plenty of screen shots and hopefully is pretty easy and quick for folks to follow. :-)

Moza 29th August 2010 01:23 PM

The adventures of Guzzlin enter a new Chapter.
The Lonely Mountain is reclaimed and Guzzlin is set a task that will reverberate for decades.
Head on over to the new post to find out how he fares. :smile:

Silver Lady 1st September 2010 02:25 PM

Thanks for the blog Moza. Would you mind answering just one question please, how do you move your character? Is it keyboard only (wsda) or hold down mouse button and use w key to go forward, or can you point and click ( point curser to a spot on the ground, click and character moves to it).
The answer to this is whether I can play the game or not.
I did apply for the beta but unfortunately it looks like I've missed out. Never mind, I guess it will be open soon.

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