The latest The Lord of the Rings Online expansion has just been released, and this one’s focused around the Battle of the Hornburg.The Lord of the Rings Online: Helm’s Deep lets you enlist as a soldier in the Battle of the Hornburg from as early as level 10 (although you’ll be raised to 95 for the battle) and earn rewards for your contribution to the war effort. If you’re higher level then you can use this as an opportunity to level up further, as the level cap will be raised from 85 to 95, and a variety of Western Rohan territories will be available for exploration – including Edoras, Dunharrow, and the fortress of the Hornburg itself. You can even specialise your role with Trait TreesIt’s availible now in a base edition (giving you an Enforcer of Helm title, 1000 Turbine points, and a Hauberk of the Hammerhand cosmetic chest piece) or a premium edition (giving you all of the base edition stuff, plus an Avenger of Helm title, an extra 1000 Turbine points, 10 extra quest log slots, and a Crystal of Remembrance that lets you add another legacy to your legendary item). this expansion will be more than likely bringing in the class revisions we’ve been promised (or threatened with, depending on your outlook). Plus it means once again, those who have managed to grind and acquire all the über gear, will have to ditch it. Frankly the yearly raising of the level cap does seem to be undermining the concept of the gear grind, especially as the instances and the raids that require the best equipment arrive after the expansions release. Effectively gear seems to have a six to nine month window of viability these days.
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.