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LOTRO Riders of Rohan expansion gallops to release today

By Michael Jamias
lotro riders rohan release

The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) ventures into the wild, wild plains of Eastern Rohan and ushers in a full-functioning mounted combat system.

“We are really excited to launch Riders of Rohan, our fourth major expansion to the game,” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of LOTRO.  “This is our biggest expansion yet and we’re very excited about the introduction of the industry’s best mounted combat system, which brings a whole new form of gameplay to MMO players.”

The expansion’s crown jewel is arguably the mounted combat, which will allow players of the Middle Earth-based free online rpg to ride on War-steeds and gallop into battle. This gives LOTRO a unique feature over most mmo rpg games which only offer non-combat mounts that get tucked away when entering into a fight.

Fans of mounted combat will be able to use a suite of strategic maneuvers to outflank and defeat opponents. They can also group up with a fellowship to take advantage of team-based tactics. Playing the crucial role in mounted combat are War-steed mounts, which exceed the functionality of the average ride.

“Hailing from a long line of majestic, highly intelligent, and kingly creatures known as the Mearas, War-steeds are faster, stronger, and more trained for battle than normal mounts.  Advance your War-steed's skills over time and customize your mount with unique appearances,” said Turbine in a release.

Riders of Rohan also raises the game's level cap to 85, which can be reached by completing the challenging new content based around the threats descending upon Riddermark, the ancient home of the valiant horse-riding Rohirrim.

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