There used to be famous horses. They ran races, starred in sitcoms, and were occasionally horse-napped. In the 1970s, if you stopped a street urchin and asked him to name his favourite horse I’ll bet a fine collection of horse brasses that he’d have too many to choose from. He might even consult his sticker book of famous horses, The Equus Factor. But as much as I strain, and right now I’m making a face only a horse could love, I can’t think of any famous horses from the past decade. So I just don’t know how well the release of The Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan will go, today.
LOTRO’s free content doesn’t extend to expansion packs, so eager Rohirrim will be required to buy the expansion for at least £30. That might seem steep, but when you consider the top Google hit for ‘buy a horse’ leads me to a page where they cost thousands, it seems like a good deal. For that you’ll get access to the biggest landscape in the game, Eastern Rohan. You’ll get the War-steed mounts to fight on the back of, and the level cap is hiked up to 85. The usual additional quests and powers that all MMO expansions have at their core come along for the ride.
Would you like to see a launch trailer?
It’s out today. While you wait for the developers to agree exactly when today starts, you can watch a LOTRO fan video that makes me the happiest person in the world.