Lord of the Rings Online Expands to the Shores of the Great River

One of many things I enjoy about Star Wars: The Old Republic is the fact that every character in the game earns NPC companions to adventure with and upgrade over the course of the game.  Some of those same features comes to the ever-evolving world of Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online with their sixth free content pack, “Shores of the Great River.”

The Great River Region
Travel along the shores of the mighty Anduin in the expansive new region coming in Update 6! The signs of war are all around you as Isengard and Barad-dûr put their dark plans into motion. Push back the Easterlings, dangerous brigands and an ancient enemy of Rohan, as they gather for an attack on Rohan and Lórien. Explore seven new areas along the upper Anduin including the green plains of Parth Celebrant where treacherous shades roam, unable to rest.

New Features:

Epic Story

The latest chapter in LOTRO’s free Epic Story awaits! Travel to Lothlórien to seek Galadriel’s wisdom after experiencing troubling dreams. Investigate the grim tidings along the Great River but be prepared as the evidence may point to a foe more terrible than your darkest nightmares.

Soldier on Landscape

Get the helping hand you need with LOTRO’s new Soldier on Landscape! This new feature allows you to summon your faithful skirmish companion in the field. Customize your skirmish solider to help you tackle even the toughest challenges!

Instance Finder Update

You spoke, Turbine listened, and now we’re making Instance Finder better than ever! Instance Finder will soon allow you to queue for the specific instances and skirmishes that you want to do. You can also choose to change loot rules and remove players with a fellowship vote. The rewards are being enhanced, too, granting additional XP for skirmish completion and scaling currency bonuses for when you queue for a larger range of instances.

Turbine was kind enough to send a bundle of screenshots of their Soldier on Landscape feature in action, which you can browse for yourself below.  You can also find a preliminary set of patch notes pulled from the LOTRO public test server on the game’s official forums, though these should be considered subject to change based on the feedback the developers receive.

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