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The Lord of the Rings Online Takes Us to Mordor!

The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO), the MMORPG of Standing Stone Games, launched preorders for its newest expansion pack which is going to include nonetheless than Mordor! All the Tolkien fans and game lovers will be able to follow Frodo and Sam’s path across the land and much more. The expansion is going to be released on July 31st, but the preorder is already available to purchase here.

Key art for the LOTRO Mordor™ Expansion by Ted Nasmith

There are three editions of the expansion, which includes: “300+ New Quests, Hundreds of new Deeds, New Allegiance System, New instance cluster with raid and more”.

The Ultimate Fan Bundle (129.99 USD)

  • Mordor Expansion
  • Aria of the Valar – a level boost to Mordor!
  • High Elf Race
  • Character Slot
  • Exclusive Alliance Cosmetics
  • Exclusive Mordor Cosmetics
  • Exclusive Alliance Mount
  • Exclusive Mordor Mount
  • Two Exclusive Titles
    • “Walked Into Mordor”
    • “The Ultimate”
  • Equippable XP Accelerator for all characters!
  • Exclusive Housing Teleport for all characters!
  • Three Relics for all characters
  • Two Essence Reclamation Scrolls for all characters!
  • Ten Extra Shared Storage Slots
  • A code for a month of VIP Access

Collector’s Edition (79.99 USD)

  • Mordor Expansion
  • Aria of the Valar – a level boost to Mordor!
  • High Elf Race
  • Character Slot
  • Exclusive Alliance Cosmetics
  • Exclusive Title
    • “Walked Into Mordor”
  • Exclusive Alliance Mount

Standard Edition (39.99 USD)

  • Mordor Expansion
  • Aria of the Valar – a level boost to Mordor!

Here you can see an early look of the expansion on LOTRO’s YouTube channel.

Along with Mordor, there is going to be a new playable race: the High Elf.

“Doing concept for the high elves cultural armor started with our typical bag of materials and construction, some traditional elvish themes and motifs and some others from Chris’s amazingly comprehensive culture doc. And from there, it was an exercise in going ornate and pulling back, getting intricate and then subduing. Pushing and pulling to find that balance between elegance and complexity. Between clean practicality and the richness of exquisite craftsmanship. I think what we ended up with for the armor expresses that balance well.” (Source: an interview with Art Director Todd DeMelle and Senior Animator Robert Tighe)

Here is an early look at the High Elf class.

Be sure to check out Andang’s playlist for more videos about LOTRO Update 20!

Artist Ted Nasmith collaborated with Standing Stone Games painting Update 20 and Mordor key art.

Update 20’s Battle of the Black Gates by Ted Nasmith

“I wanted both of these works to reflect both the dynamic ‘in-motion’ experience of the online version of the books in game format, while focusing also on the aesthetic beauty and intricately designed ‘sets’ players’ experience, hoping I’ve blended my characteristic realism effectively with the architecture that game designers have established.” (Source: lotro.com)

To sum up:

  • Update 20 and Mordor expansion are going to be released on July 31st.
  • They include High Elf class.
  • You can preorder it here.
  • Artist Ted Nasmith collaborated with Standing Stone Games for key art.
  • Be sure to follow LOTRO on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated.

 

Are you excited to finally walk into Mordor? Feel free to leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts!

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