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
- This list only includes the big updates. For all the patches, see List of Patches.
- For all the zones added per level, see Zones by level.
- see Announced Lands for upcoming updates.
- 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.
- Customizable player characters:
- 7 Races: Beorning, Dwarf, Elf, High Elf, Hobbit, Man, and Stout-axe
- 11 Classes: Beorning, Brawler, Burglar, Captain, Champion, Hunter, Guardian, Lore-master, Minstrel, Warden, and Rune-keeper.
- 10 Professions, enabling resource gathering and item crafting.
- The Traits system allows further customization of the character's skills and stats.
- Monster Play (PvP)
- In-game trading, mail service and auction system.
- Acclaimed Player Music System. Allows one to play music and entertain other players in-game, utilizing the "ABC Music system."
- Wikipedia article on Lotro
- Wikipedia article on Lotro Mines of Moria expansion
- Wikipedia article on Lotro Siege of Mirkwood expansion
- Wikipedia article on Lotro Rise of Isengard expansion
- Wikipedia article on Lotro Riders of Rohan expansion
- Wikipedia article on Lotro Helm's Deep expansion
- Wikipedia article on Lotro Mordor expansion
- Wikipedia article on Lotro Minas Morgul expansion
- Wikipedia article on Lotro War of Three Peaks expansion
- Wikipedia article on Lotro Fate of Gundabad expansion
- Wikipedia article on Lotro Before the Shadow expansion