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The Lord of the Rings Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for Microsoft Windows and OS X set in a fantasy universe based upon J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth writings. It takes place during the time period of The Lord of the Rings.

The Lord of the Rings Online was developed and is maintained by Turbine after Jeffrey Anderson secured the rights from Vivendi. Originally subscription-based, it is free-to-play, with a paid VIP subscription available that provides players various perks. Four of the more prominent are access to all game regions and content not part of an expansion pack, the ability to swiftly travel between major towns, the removal of the currency cap that would otherwise hamper the economic freedom of a player, and the ability to send currency through the mail system, and make cash-on-delivery payments.

Source: Wikipedia, "The Lord of the Rings Online", available under the CC-BY-SA License.

Expansions (updates are free unless shaded):

Expansion Release Date Character Level Ceiling Major Sub-system additions New areas Other
Free update Jun 2007 Evendim
Free update Aug 2007 Reputation
Bartering

Free update Oct 2007 Housing
Free update Apr 2008 Forochel
Free update Jul 2008 Eregion
Mines of Moria Nov 2008 60 Legendary Weapons Moria
Lothlórien
Warden class introduced
Rune keeper class introduced
Siege of Mirkwood Sep 2009 65 Skirmish system Mirkwood
Free update Sep 2010 Enedwaith
Update 1 ("Journey to Winter-Home") Nov 2010 Barter wallet
Tasks
First post Free-to-play (F2P) expansion
Moria, Lothlórien, Mirkwood, Enedwaith opened to F2P
Ered Luin revamp
F2P level cap raised to 65
Update 2 ("Echoes of the Dead") 21 Mar 2011 (U.S.)
24 March 2011 (Eur.)
Volume III Book 3 added
Evendim revamp
Update 3 ("Lost Legends of Eriador") 23 May 2011 new instances and skirmishes
Rise of Isengard 27 Sep 2011 75 Dunland
Gap of Rohan
Isengard
Volume III Book 4 added
Update 5 ("Armies of Isengard") 12 Dec 2011 Volume III Book 5 added
Barter currencies unified
Update 6 ("Shores of the Great River") 12 Mar 2012 The Great River Volume III Book 6 added

Update 7 ("Shades of the Past") 14 May 2012 Revamp of Fornost Instance
Moria revamp
Riders of Rohan Oct 2012 85 Mounted combat East Rohan
Update 9 ("Against the Shadow") 17 Dec 2012 Open Tapping/Remote Looting Moria revamp Part II
Update 10 ("Against the Shadow Part II) 6 Mar 2013
Update 11 ("Treachery of the White Hand") 13 May 2013 Wildermore Volume III Book 10 added
Helm's Deep Nov 2013 95 Epic Battles
Trait Trees
West Rohan
Update 13 ("The Breaking of Isengard") 14 Apr 2014 Entwood Increased mail & inventory storage
Epic story update
Update 14 ("Paths of the Dead") 14 Jul 2014 100 Essence System West Gondor Volume IV introduced
Update 14.2 15 Sep 2014 Dead Marshes
Update 15 ("Gondor Aflame") 5 Nov 2014 Beornings Central Gondor
Update 16 ("Ashes of Osgiliath") 4 May 2015 Imbuement System East Gondor Volume IV Book 3
Update 17 Volume IV Book 4
Update 18 ("Pelennor Fields") 11 Apr 2016 105 Far Anórien Volume IV Book 5 & 6

Current Areas:

Area Release Date Character Levels Other
The Shire Apr 2007 1-13 Included in launch
Ered Luin Apr 2007 1-15 Included in launch
Bree-Land Apr 2007 1-24 Included in launch
Lone-lands Apr 2007 22-35 Included in launch
Trollshaws Apr 2007 30-50 Included in launch
Misty Mountains Apr 2007 39-50 Included in launch
Angmar Apr 2007 40-52 Included in launch
Ettenmoors Apr 2007 PvP Included in launch
Evendim Jun 2007 32-40 Free update
Forochel Apr 2008 39-52 Free update
Eregion Jul 2008 45-55 Free update
Moria Nov 2008 51-60 Mines of Moria expansion
Lothlórien Nov 2008 55-60 Mines of Moria expansion
Mirkwood Sep 2009 61-65 Siege of Mirkwood expansion
Enedwaith Sep 2010 55-60 Free update*
Dunland Sep 2011 66-75 Rise of Isengard expansion
Great River Mar 2012 70-75 Free update*
Eastern Rohan Oct 2012 75-85 Riders of Rohan expansion
Western Rohan Nov 2013 86-95 Helm's Deep expansion
West Gondor 14 Jul 2014 96-100 Free update*
Central Gondor 5 Nov 2014 96-100 Free update*
East Gondor 4 May 2015 96-100 Free update*
Far Anórien 11 Apr 2016 100-105 Free update*
  • All update content is available to VIP players. After F2P (Free to Play) model went into effect, not all features of all updates were "free."

Sources:
LOTRO website, "https://www.lotro.com/en/explore/"

LOTRO blog re Update 14, http://massively.joystiq.com/2014/06/12/lord-of-the-rings-onlines-update-14-opens-west-gondor-raises-l/
LOTRO site re Update 14,https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?552272-Update-14-Paths-of-the-Dead-Release-Notes-amp-Known-Issues&p=7200888#post7200888

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