The most iconic memory I have from the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy is the battle for Helm’s Deep. The sheer technical scale and fidelity of that battle was practically unheard of at the time. As a nerdy teenager there was nothing I wanted more than to experience a battle of that size in a video game.

So while I myself never got around to really leveling up in the Lord of the Rings Online, the announcement of its latest expansion which marks the return to one of the series most popular places has sparked my interest.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Helm’s Deep marks the 5th expansion for the popular MMO and has players directly involved in the battle for Helm’s Deep (because otherwise what’s the point?). The expansion has players fighting to defend HD starting at level 10, as their character enlists as a soldier in the Battle of the Hornburg, said to be the most massive conflict yet for the MMO. By participating in the fight players will earn rewards whether they win or lose. Though obviously for the sake of keeping your digital head attached to its digital body you would want to win.

Max level players can expect 10 new levels of progression, from level 85 to the new cap of 95. The increase in level cap comes with the obvious new skills as well as completely updated class specializations. Mounted combat which was introduced in the Riders of Rohan expansion will also play a key role in the latest expansion.

As with any expansion, new zones ready to be explored will be added including new areas across Western Rohan. LOTRO will also see a storyline continuation of King Théoden’s restoration as rightful lord.

No official release date has been announced thus far.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. No game developer will make a game if there is no profit of any kind.

    For some games you need to pay more then for others.

    That is how this thingy works….

  2. We know why LoTRO failed and went free to play and we also know why LoTRO is P2Win or P2P even though its suppose to be F2P. Yes it has a pretty large player base but game would do so much better if you’re not locked out of half the game if you’re not a VIP or buying xpacks/items from the cash shop.

    If you want to just mess around LoTRO isn’t so bad, but not worth subbing imo, even though I’m a huge LoTR fan, LOTRO is a no no.

    • It’s not P2Win. Too many people have no idea what P2Win actually is.

      LOTRO has not failed. It still has 19 servers (not counting it’s Euro servers). The game is not pay to win. You’re not buying gear in the shop. The shop doesn’t give you an unfair advantage over anyone. LOTRO is the only f2p game where you can play and earn points to buy from the game shop. Earn enough points and you won’t have to buy an expansion. Subscribe and you get everything plus free points.

      LOTRO is a fantastic PVE game. If you love Tolkien’s Middle Earth, then LOTRO is the MMO to play.

      • Its untrue what you say. LOTRO is getting more pay2win each expansion. There are legendary item upgrades in shop that obviously save you lot of time and gold. So somewhat you directly buy lot of gold or lot of time with could be even more gold. If you can buy gold/time it means its pay2win.

        Though I wouldnt suggest anyone to play LOTRO as f2p, more like buy2play, since you can pay once for every area you want (or expansion) and enjoy it how much you want, without any limitiations and without impact from cash shop.

        So LOTRO IMO is just b2p, with for me is fine, b2p games sems to be the best.

      • LOTRO was the first MMO I got started on. Ive came back and left a few times but the slow leveling and Moria just has me stuck only a few levels above 50 which used to be the cap. If you sub you get the expansions? That may be enough to come back…

  3. What sense of irony my brother has talked about what would be most awesome to have in lotro. This was pretty much his idea ^^. Hope they don’t balls it up and hit his expectations.


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