Wizard: LOTRO Rise Of Isengard Shots & Info

By John Walker on September 14th, 2011 at 4:28 pm.

Coo, that's rather pretty.

Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard is out at the end of this month – the 27th to be dangerously precise – and that means anyone who was on the beta can talk about it. Except I wasn’t, as I have this full time job. However, it does mean a bunch of new details have been revealed, along with some new screenshots revealing new gear and weapons. As ever we bring you the most helpful coverage, below.

So in Isengard you’ve got three new regions. They are:

Dunland: Colourful forests at the base of the Misty Mountains, populated by grumpy warriors.

Gap Of Rohan: The gap between the scapula and the clavicle, in which the armies of Sauron provide essential lubrication.

Isengard: Home of one of the Two Towers, Orthanc, the Isengard valley is gorgeous at this time of year, with plenty of tea shops and parking available.

The game will also let you advance to level 75, and enter a 24-player raid to fight Draigoch, defender of the Armchair Castle in Lower Cxxxzrtth.

I think this might be the last remaining game to send its screenshots in 4:3, which you can see if you click on the images below.

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  1. portchd says:

    after playing WoW for such a long time, is this Expansion really going to be fresh enough to bring in new players?

    • AgamemnonV2 says:

      LotRO gets new players every day, regardless if there is a gigantic content starvation or not (March was the last time LotRO saw a content update). Free 2 Play ensures this. It’s why Turbine no longer really cares about trying to meet deadlines or trying to explain why the game receives a fraction of the updates it used to in its glory days (i.e. before Mines of Moria).

    • Whisperduke says:

      No This will not be fresh enough.

      Free to play is basically a 3 week demo only allowing you to grind about 1/4th of the games content. Suckering in players to spend time/money grinding its gold coins in hope of unlocking distant content. Its not free to play. Its more like Free to Pirate your time and sucker you into believing you’re actually getting the chance to enjoy a great free game when in fact within a matter of weeks you’ll be stuck at lvl 30 with nowhere to go but either making alt account or grinding pointless quests in the hope of making it to 40.

      I see what they do there. Of course. This is all the play to trick you into spending money. They don’t tell you the quests run out. I’d rather not be tricked into playing part of a game as I am sure I can find good entertainment at less of a cost elsewhere.

  2. SnakeNuts says:

    I’d take the Hobbits there…

  3. Quasar says:

    But will it be an FPS?

  4. mjig says:

    I’ve been playing LOTRO for a couple of months.

    Love that it’s F2P, it’s so much better to just pay $15 for a month or two and quit when I want, rather than paying for a box and disc which just end up feeling like a waste once I finish subscribing.

    Also the screen with the hood over the helmet looks amazing.

  5. BloatedGuppy says:

    He’s gonna have a hard time swinging that hammer with any force holding it like that.

  6. Necroscope says:

    These screenshots show the game in a great light however the experience that sunk my interest in LOTRO was the demoralising go here kill 10 of these kinds of quest every single f’king quest. The next step in MMO gaming has to be to eliminate or reduce to a spectacular degree the grind.

    • Felixader says:

      There was lot’s of praise around that it was differen’t than the other grindy MMO’s around, when it became Free to Play.

      I really believed that and hoped for it really beeing that way so i downloaded and tested it.
      I was really happy at the “tutorial” and how it pulled me into the story letting me feel more than just some random nothing.
      I really had high hope to become a long time player after finishing that first bit of the game, i even was ready to oversee the genreall lack in physicality, wich is one of the reasonsn that killed WoW for me.

      Then i left that area and arived at the starting hub.
      I walked to one of the first questgivers.
      Bla bla bla, kill 10 Wolfs and 5 greater Wolfs (or something like that), bla bla.

      I kept on trying but basically i stayed that way on the most if not nearly all quests.
      2 hours later i deinstalled the game, shaking my head on the recieved claims that it would be different in this MMO.

      Bollocks, i say.

    • AgamemnonV2 says:

      What’s this? You found fedex kill quests in an MMO? PREPOSTEROUS! THIS NEVER HAPPENS!

    • Nick says:

      fedex quests are delivery quests.. hence the name.

    • Necroscope says:

      Rofl stating the bleeding obvious I know. What a constant diet of grind quests shows is a lack of respect for the player and a total lack of imagination on the designers part. There are no redeeming features on a constant drip feed of grind quests imo. I’d much prefer to play other styles of games and perhaps Guild Wars 2 on the horizon will bring me back to MMORPG gaming. So much I to appreciate about MMORPGs like the epic settings but not the cookie cutter gameplay.

    • caliwyrm says:

      Everyone’s mileage may vary but I’ve found that LOTRO has the biggest variety of quests. Go drink with dwarves in 12 different cities, carry a huge beast skull through an area without getting agro, etc.. This is especially true after level 20.

      Sure, there are also quite a few ‘kill x mobs’ quests, but those usually start a quest tree that escalates into “Go kill/destroy y which will hinder mob x” and finishes with “Go kill named mob Z”. To me the difference in mobs, the tactics to reach item y and the abilities of mob Z to be refreshing each quest chain I’ve done so as to not induce an eye-rolling “ARGH, again?!”

      Once you reach level 20 you can also start joining skirmishes/instances and never look at another quest again. Toss in the daily tasks and you level so fast that the only reason you could get burned out one thing (questing/skirmishes/tasks) is because you don’t bother to try one of the other two.

    • Xercies says:

      Also the thing about a lot of those go kill X quests is that they allow you to explore a given area giving you a load of other quests. Its very clever how they do this especially later on, sure there isn’t that much in the beginning but later on there is!

    • mjig says:

      I don’t mind the kill quests so much, since LOTRO is the only MMO where I’ve ever cared about story or exploration, and the quests and exploration deeds help lead me through every zone. Most of the quest text does a fantastic job of sticking with the world and the lore.

      My only real criticism is that VIP players still only get 5 character slots, which is pretty ridiculous.

      They should give us at least one character slot for each class.

  7. WPUN says:

    I liked everything about LotRO except the combat/spell system. It just felt rather silly – like it was a “pew pew” fest. Yes? No?

    • runtheplacered says:

      I honestly don’t have a clue what you mean. Yes, there is combat. Not sure what a “pew pew” fest is, but yes, you do need to “pew pew” to kill things. Just like anything else in the world, ever.

  8. wisnoskij says:

    “Isengard: Home of one of the Two Towers”

    It was never identified which towers in TLotRs were the two towers, there are at least 4 very viable possibilities and maybe none or all of them are correct.
    Personally, I think that Isengard is one of the two towers but there is no consensus.

    • mjig says:

      Wait, what were the other two besides Isengard and Barad Dur? Minas Tirith and…? Minas Morgul?

    • AgamemnonV2 says:

      Correct. Orthanc, Barad Dur, Minas Tirith, and Minas Morgul. Tolkien debated in his letters when his publishers decided to break the book up into three separate books what he should name each book. The second book proved to be the most difficult because he would first send in some name ideas to his publishers and they liked The Two Towers the best. He was confused as to which two towers the book would refer to, however, as all of them played an important role in the second book. General consensus, however, lies with it suggesting it’s Orthanc and Barad Dur.

    • WPUN says:

      Thank you. Did not know this:

      The Lord of the Rings is composed of 6 “books”, aside from an introduction, a prologue and 6 appendices. The novel was originally published as 3 separate volumes due to post-World War II paper shortages and size and price considerations. The Two Towers covers Books III and IV.

      Tolkien wrote, “The Two Towers gets as near as possible to finding a title to cover the widely divergent Books 3 & 4; and can be left ambiguous.” At this stage he planned to title the individual books. The proposed title for Book III was The Treason of Isengard. Book IV was titled The Journey of the Ringbearers or The Ring Goes East. The titles The Treason of Isengard and The Ring Goes East were used in the Millennium edition.

      In letters to Rayner Unwin Tolkien considered naming the two as Orthanc and Barad-dûr, Minas Tirith and Barad-dûr, or Orthanc and the Tower of Cirith Ungol.[4][5] However, a month later he wrote a note published at the end of The Fellowship of the Ring and later drew a cover illustration which both identified the pair as Minas Morgul and Orthanc.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Two_Towers

  9. aircool says:

    Damnit, I haven’t even reached Moria yet.

  10. Xercies says:

    Haven kind of gotten into Moria and played through that I am kind of tempted at this, I absolutly love LOTRO I think its probably one of my favourite MMOS I think I have ever played. Unfortunatly I haven’t played in ages and they since changed publishers so all the old friends I might have had have probably gone. So I don’t know whether I should start again on a different server…

  11. joeymcjoeysalot says:

    Just got into Mirkwood myself. Bought the game when Moria came out. Played on and off since. Love the game. Hate sinking tons of time into any one game though so I’m going pretty slow. Preordered Isengard already though, mostly for the 25% xp boost for all my characters till lvl 65 (pocket item). Game play isn’t that great, but if you love LOTR or need a casual mmo, play it

  12. Woden says:

    LoTRO shall always have a special place in my heart because it is the game that contains the Warden class. That class, and that class alone, has made me resubscribe to the game twice, because there’s no other MMO I can get the Warden experience from.

    • age says:

      Hear hear. The Warden is a brilliantly designed class. I’m a big fan of the Rune Keeper too.

  13. RvLeshrac says:

    RoI *vastly* alters the way you have to play the game, completely rebalancing most of the classes. Sorely needed changes, especially where healers are now forced to pick between healing or dealing damage.

  14. Eynonz says:

    I haven’t played it in a while, damn my rent for my house is way overdue :(

  15. MerseyMal says:

    Have had the game since release but my highest is only 38. Got lifetime subs at launch and dip in and out of it. Guess I should buck up my ideas and at least get into Moria!