E’ stato annunciata ieri, durante l’evento Connect ’08 a Birmingham, la prima espansione a pagamento di The Lord of the Rings Online. Si chiamera’ The Mines of Moria ed uscira’ a fine anno.
Ecco i primi articoli.
First LOTRO expansion announced
Codemasters unveil LoTR: Mines of Moria
Pack will arrive in late 2008
Speaking at the Codemaster Connect 08 event in Birmingham today, Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online producer was on-hand to officially announce a new expansion pack for the popular MMO title.
Called "The Mines of Moria", the first official LoTR expansion will be released later this year, and promises wholesale improvement and expansion of the persistent world title.
The new add-on will see us entering new areas of Middle-Earth, specifically Moria and beyond this, Lorien. A third region was mooted but goes unnamed at present. 10 new levels will see the game’s cap boosted to 60, with two new classes being offered: the Warden and the Runekeeper.
In the mine’s we’re promised epic environments and vast halls, with top-notch loot on offer. Balrog and the Watcher will count among the new bosses to counter, with world altering instances and stunningly rich dwarve cities offered by the producer.
Entering Lorien players will receive gifts from Galadriel, the pack also introducing Legendary Items (objects that will evolve as the player progresses), et al. Big raids were also mentioned.
Turbine also confirmed that they are planning annual expansions to the Lord of the Rings Online, another offering hinted for 2009.
In the short-term, MMO players will also be getting Book 13, ‘Doom of the Last King’, which will offer a new icy coastal region to explore, weather which impacts your character and the related gameplay… as well as, well, fishing.
War Mammoths and a new race, The Lossoth, will also be added, alongside new monsters, fellowship enhancements and more.The developers even confirmed that Book 14 will arrive later in the summer, which will carry players through to the expansion pack, and allow them to visit the Ring Forge in the process.
More from Connect 08 as we get it.
Ecco, infine, il comunicato stampa con cui DDE (distributore italiano di Codemasters) annuncia l’uscita di Mines of Moria. Visto che impediscono il copia/incolla l’ho messo su Megaupload a questo indirizzo.
Aggiornamento. Ecco, infine, il comunicato ufficiale di Turbine (grazie al Guardiano Nurin per aver messo il link sul forum della Kinship):
THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™: Mines of Moria™ Unveiled at Connect 08
Volume II of the 2007 PC Game of the Year Expected to Arrive at Retail This Fall
“The Mines of Moria is one of the most epic settings in all of fantasy fiction,” said Jim Crowley, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. “No one delivers more quality content than Turbine and with our journey into Moria, we will raise the bar even higher. We are adding vast amounts of content, debuting massive new environments and unveiling numerous unique feature sets, like item advancement, which will create entirely new dimensions of compelling game play and social interaction which are unique to The Lord of the Rings Online experience.”
To celebrate this exciting news, Turbine and Codemasters also announced today that they will kick off a major promotion that invites everyone to unlock the Mines of Moria by visiting http://www.unlocktheminesofmoria.com. Visitors can learn more about Mines of Moria and play special mini-games that will be periodically released over the coming months. Certain players who participate can complete special deeds through game play and other means to unlock exclusive previews, assets and special in-game items that may help them when they delve into Mines of Moria this fall. The Unlock the Mines of Moria promotion is scheduled to begin at the end of this month.