LOTRO: Rise of Isengard set for release in fall 2011

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 19 November 2010 15:44 GMT

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We’re coming for you, Saruman.

Turbine and Warner announced today Rise of Isengard for Lord of the Rings Online, which will expand the online world of Middle-earth, allowing players to join up and to press further eastward into the legendary region of Isengard.

The expansion will include an increased level cap, Saruman’s tower of Orthanc, enhancements to Monster Play (PvP) and more to be announced.

“2010 has been a year of unprecedented growth for The Lord of the Rings Online with our successful introduction of a free-to-play option for our players,” said executive producer Kate Paiz. “This is going to be another outstanding year for the game as we progress on our journey toward Mordor and it all begins with our upcoming November update.

“The journey will carry through 2011 ending with our arrival in the epic region of Isengard where players will confront the raging war and shadow that has spread across Middle-earth.”

Features will include:

Experience the Rise of Isengard – The Epic Story continues as the Grey Company makes its way south into Dunland, but troubles arise as their road takes them into lands where Dunlending forces, marshaled by the Wizard Saruman, prepare for war. The Rangers must seek new allies and face dangerous new foes, chief among them the traitor Saruman, whose web of intrigue threatens to endanger your quest, your friends, and your life.

Increased Level Cap — Players will be able advance their characters up to level 70, gaining access to new traits, virtues, skills and class quests.

Expanded Monster Play – LOTRO’s monster play system will get a major revamp including opening up the feature to all players, changes to monster player skills and advancement and a brand new region for players to battle for or against the forces of evil.

Rise of Isengard is set for release in fall 2011 and will be available for purchase through the LOTRO store.

This is so awesome, that our inner Elf is squealing like a Hobbit as we speak.

Check out the concept art and trailer below.

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