Lord of the Rings Online’s Mordor expansion is officially live with a launch trailer

After just a brief delay (but still probably way too soon), Lord of the Rings Online has officially launched its Mordor expansion. I’m sure I owe somebody something for wagering all those years ago that we’d never get to this day, but here we are.

“This expansion allows players the ability to explore the shadowy lands beyond the Black Gate and includes:
Over 300 new quests: Players journey into Mordor and plunge into a new adventure, filled with lost stories, unfamiliar enemies, and the opportunity to fight through the lands around Mount Doom and beyond.
A new allegiance system: Pledge support to one of the factions seeking to reclaim this long-lost piece of Middle-earth. Players will be able to gain bonuses, story and exclusive gear along the way!
Crafting and gear updates: Players are able to customize their Hero with all-new armor, weapons, accessories, and more!
A new race – the High Elf. With the purchase of the Collector’s Edition or the Ultimate Fan Bundle, players will be able to ally with the High Elf.
Extensive landscape updates. Explore the beautiful and terrifying landscape of Gorgoroth to discover hidden treasures and additional rewards.”

You can pick up the expansion on the official site, but maybe take a look at our thoughts on the different tier packages first — you’re looking at at least $40. We’ve tucked our Mordor coverage to date down below along with the launch trailer, which, well… it doesn’t really show the game’s best look. Happy patch day!

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Steven Williams

Yeah, but Daybreak. Buying this expansion would mean giving them money as publisher.

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Melissa McDonald

One thing I will say is that the lighting is much better on the new models. I notice it’s not just the player characters, NPCs seem to have undergone an upgrade as well.

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Humble DG

I really want to love LOTRO, but the combat is just sooo slow, way too many actions, the character models are dated, and the UI is in desperate need of an upgrade. Like I said, I would really love to play this game, but it kills me once I start playing.

As for the trailer. Umm, it was getting good up until the combat started, and then the music cut and it was almost like they were making fun of their own game.

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Aldristavan

This is an awesome trailer. 2002 is shaping up to be a rad gaming year!

^_^

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Melissa McDonald

I don’t think the trailer is all that bad. It doesn’t look bad if you let it run in the window, at least.
On the other hand, I am a little disappointed that the character model upgrades are pretty subtle and not that dramatic. I wasn’t expecting Black Desert quality, but I was expecting more than the subtle frowns and expressions on the new models being the big difference. All that being said there was a very large crowd around the barber shop in the Pony last night. I wonder what they were thinking too.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Ive seen some boring, ugly and unexciting launch trailers, but this one is in its own league

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Cindy M

It’s surprisingly terribad :s

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Jack Pipsam

“A new race – the High Elf.”
Yeah, buy it extra, lol great expansion deal. I am glad I decided not to pre-purchase this after all.

As for that trailer, well it’s the first time I have seen Daybreak’s name attached to the game, so that’s interesting.
But the trailer is awful. I am a uni student doing film editing, they could have gotten any free internship scrub like myself who would have done a far better job for free with only payment being the chance to throw it on a show-reel.
I mean, you don’t need a budget to understand editing.

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Loopy

That trailer would’ve had me super excited! …. in 2006. I will, however, re-download the game to check out the new models. I was hoping that the revamp would also include the animations, but it appears to be models only… either way, this time i will make a decision whether i continue to play the game or not, as the models were the biggest stopgap for me last several attempts.

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cambruin

Oh but they have… dear Lord, they have. Check out the official forums for the amount of complaints over the new running animations. Seems like this expansion is a bust on all possible fronts.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

;)

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zeko_rena

Was that trailer made by an eight year old?
Wait that is an insult to eight year old people, sorry!