Lord of the Rings Online

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The Lord of the Rings Online is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) set in Tolkien's Middle-Earth, originally developed by Turbine, Inc.

It is available in multiple languages in virtually every country of the world. English, French and German language support is found in the game client for players in North America and Europe. Release and patch notes as well as Forums are also available in those languages.

The game is frequently called "LOTRO" for short and is usually designated as an "MMOG" rather than the longer "MMORPG."

Game launch and history of major releases

Update Name of the update Date of the update Expansion New region(s)
Shadows of Angmar 24 April 2007 Official Launch Level 50 (SoA) Ered Luin, The Shire, Bree-land, The Lone-lands, The North Downs, The Trollshaws, The Misty Mountains, Angmar
Shores of Evendim 13 June 2007 Evendim
Doom of the Last-king 24 April 2008 Forochel
Mines of Moria 18 November 2008 First Major Expansion Level 60 (MoM) Eregion, Moria, Lothlórien
Siege of Mirkwood 01 December 2009 Second Major Expansion Level 65 (SoM) Southern Mirkwood, Enedwaith
Update 01 The Ride of the Grey Company 10 September 2010 First Free-To-Play Update
Update 02 Echoes of The Dead 18 March 2011
Update 03 Lost Legends of Eriador 05 May 2011
Update 04 Rise of Isengard 26 September 2011 Third Major Expansion Level 75 (RoI) Dunland, The Gap of Rohan, Nan Curunír
Update 05 Armies of Isengard 12 December 2011
Update 06 Shores of the Great River 12 March 2012 The Great River
Update 07 Shades of the Past 14 May 2012
Update 08 Riders of Rohan 15 October 2012 Fourth Major Expansion Level 85 (RoR) Eastern Rohan
Update 09 Against the Shadow 17 December 2012
Update 10 Against the Shadow part II 06 March 2013
Update 11 Treachery of the White Hand 13 May 2013 Wildermore
Update 12 Helm's Deep 20 November 2013 Fifth Major Expansion Level 95 (HD) Western Rohan
Update 13 The Breaking of Isengard 14 April 2014 The Entwood, Isengard
Update 14 The Paths of the Dead 14 July 2014 Level 100 (PotD) Western Gondor, The Dead Marshes
Update 15 Gondor Aflame 05 November 2014 Central Gondor
Update 16 Ashes of Osgiliath 04 May 2015 Eastern Gondor
Update 17 The Siege of Minas Tirith 27 October 2015 Old Anórien, Minas Tirith (Besieged)
Update 18 The Battle of Pelennor Fields 12 April 2016 Level 105 (BoPF) Far Anórien
Update 19 March of the King 18 October 2016 North Ithilien
Update 20 Battle of the Black Gate 21 March 2017 The Wastes
Update 21 Mordor 02 August 2017 Sixth Major Expansion Level 115 (MoDo) The Plateau of Gorgoroth
Update 22 Legacy of the Necromancer 06 March 2018 Eryn Lasgalen and the Dale-lands
Update 23 Where Dragons Dwell 09 October 2018 Level 120 (WDD) The Iron Hills, The Ered Mithrin and Withered Heath
Update 24 Vales of Anduin 04 June 2019 The Vales of Anduin
Update 25 Minas Morgul 05 November 2019 Seventh Major Expansion Level 130 (MiMo) Mordor Besieged, Imlad Morgul
Update 26 Mists of Wilderland 23 April 2020 The Wells of Langflood
Update 27 The Great Wedding 30 June 2020 Minas Tirith (Midsummer)
Update 28 War of Three Peaks 20 October 2020 First Minor Expansion (WoTP) Elderslade, The War of Three Peaks
Update 29 Wildwood 17 March 2021 The Wildwood (Part of Bree-land)
Update 30 Blood of Azog 08 June 2021 Azanulbizar (T.A. 2799)
Update 31 Fate of Gundabad 10 November 2021 Eighth Major Expansion Level 140 (FoG) Mount Gundabad
Update 32 Rangers and Ruins 16 February 2022 The Angle of Mitheithel (Part of the Trollshaws)
Update 33 The Yondershire 20 April 2022 The Yondershire
Update 34 Before the Shadow 15 November 2022 Second Minor Expansion (BtS) Swanfleet, Cardolan
Update 35 The Return to Carn Dûm ?? March 2023 Currently not in the game


20 April 2010 Turbine, Inc. - The game's developer was acquired by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.
10 September 2010 - The game became Free-To-Play
15 October 2012 - Introduced the Native Mac Client
16 December 2016 - The game team responsible for The Lord of the Rings Online moved from Turbine, Inc to Standing Stone Games, a newly formed indie game studio.
Update 04 was released on 26 September 2011 , originally scheduled for release a day earlier.
Update 08 was released on 15 October 2012 , originally scheduled for release in early September.
Update 34 was released on 15 November 2022 , originally scheduled for release on 9 November 2022.


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