LOTRO: Rise of Isengard Expansion

Turbine is pushing a new expansion pack for LOTRO, called Rise of Isengard. It comes out on September 7th but if you pre-order you get quite an impressive array of goodies. There are three editions, Base, Heroic and Legendary, at $30, $40 and $50 respectively.

All three editions include:
- The full Rise of Isengard expansion, including new quests, areas, and a new level cap of 75.
- A pocket item for every character on your account that boosts XP by 25% until level 65.
- In-game title, "Guard of the Isen."

The Base edition ($30) includes:
- A Rohirrim Style Mount with a red coloured blanket and sun emblem.
- Matching red cloak with a rather nice new model.

The Heroic edition ($40) includes:
- Your choice of a red, white or green horsie and cloak, along with a four-piece suit of cosmetic armor to match.
- 1,000 Turbine points.

The Legendary edition ($50) includes:
- All three sets of horses, cloaks and armor
- 1,000 Turbine points.
- Access to the Path of the Fellowship Quest Packs including Trollshaws, Eregion, Lothlórien and Moria plus the Mirkwood Quest Pack

If you don't have Moria yet, I'd go with the Legendary edition. Moria includes goats.

That aside, I've also noticed an awesome change to the billing system. Normally when you go to purchase an expansion it insists that you either enter a game time card or your credit card information on the spot; basically you'd have to buy some game time. Now under the game time card option there's a check box for, "I don't have a card right now and will enter one later." If you check that it'll let you buy your expansion with no commitment, plus it sets your account to VIP for a single day.

And on another note... a higher level cap? Come on, Turbine. All that does is make the climb to the top longer and you know the people who are already there will be shouting for an even higher cap within a week. At least there's the XP boost.

LobsterMobster wrote:

And on another note... a higher level cap? Come on, Turbine. All that does is make the climb to the top longer and you know the people who are already there will be shouting for an even higher cap within a week. At least there's the XP boost.

Eh, I like the treadmill. I tend to have more fun levelling up in these games than I do at the level cap. WoW is probably the sole exception to this, but that's only true for me within the context of raiding/pvp with a guild.

Does the xp boost stack with rest xp? Is buying the legendary edition essentially like buying mines of moria and siege of mirkwood as well? I don't have any expansions yet and this might be a good way to get them if that's the case.

Farscry wrote:
LobsterMobster wrote:

And on another note... a higher level cap? Come on, Turbine. All that does is make the climb to the top longer and you know the people who are already there will be shouting for an even higher cap within a week. At least there's the XP boost.

Eh, I like the treadmill. I tend to have more fun levelling up in these games than I do at the level cap. WoW is probably the sole exception to this, but that's only true for me within the context of raiding/pvp with a guild.

I'm at the lower end of the treadmill so it just seems like more work to me now. You're not wrong and I know a LOT of people agree with you. I just fondly remember Guild Wars, where the level cap was 20, if you played the campaign you'd hit it before you were 1/3rd of the way through, and that was when the actual game started. It was a different sort of game, though.

To be honest the XP boost makes the game quite a bit more appealing to me. It feels like I can make progress without grinding for hours on end.

Wembley wrote:

Does the xp boost stack with rest xp? Is buying the legendary edition essentially like buying mines of moria and siege of mirkwood as well? I don't have any expansions yet and this might be a good way to get them if that's the case.

It does indeed. The XP boost appears by your name, like any other buff. I think you're correct about the Mines of Moria and Siege of Mirkwood thing, too.

So, not purchasable with banked Turbine points? I haven't really played since they went free to play but I've been banking them due to the lifetime sub I had before that, and I was hoping I'd be able to keep getting the newest content from here on out from that ticket alone.

On a side note, Rohan is the location I've been waiting for. It might finally be time to dig in and play the game again.

Hmmmm new expansion plus expansions I don't have yet, plus other goodies? Well then...

It sounds so nice, I posted twice!

zeroKFE wrote:

So, not purchasable with banked Turbine points? I haven't really played since they went free to play but I've been banking them due to the lifetime sub I had before that, and I was hoping I'd be able to keep getting the newest content from here on out from that ticket alone.

On a side note, Rohan is the location I've been waiting for. It might finally be time to dig in and play the game again.

My understanding is that you will be able to buy the expansion with points *after* the release, so you won't get the pre-order bonuses and I don't know if they will have the different levels, where you can get the horses (Legendary, Heroic, etc).

I was planning on getting it with points, but to get all three horses and the 25% XP boost for all characters (including future ones) I would have to pre-order.

*edit* Oh, and AFAIK the quest packs are not the same as buying the previous expansions. So you get all the Moria, Mirkwood, etc quests, but not access to the Warden and Runekeeper classes or the extra char slots.

LOTRO is finally getting to Rohan? I am interested...

Barab wrote:

LOTRO is finally getting to Rohan? I am interested...

Yep, but it's really just a pitstop as...

I'll be purchasing the basic edition - bought a lifetime account at release. As a perma-VIP with little interest in cosmetics, I just see no incentive to get either advanced pack. Too bad, I would have gladly spent more money on something useful to me.

Osiran wrote:

I'll be purchasing the basic edition - bought a lifetime account at release. As a perma-VIP with little interest in cosmetics, I just see no incentive to get either advanced pack. Too bad, I would have gladly spent more money on something useful to me.

Likewise, hopefully I'll be able to use the lotro bux to get it too, I've saved up over 8000 of them. Soon they'll be paying me to play

I love the 25% xp boost. My lowbies are zooming up the ranks.