Turbine has a press release announcing their 5th expansion for The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) for November 18, 2013.
Featured highlights for the expansion:
- Experience the Battle for Helm’s Deep – Fight to defend Helm’s Deep starting as early as level 10, when your character enlists as a soldier in the Battle of the Hornburg, the most epic conflict yet in The Lord of the Rings Online. Earn rewards for your contribution to the war effort – win or lose, your skill makes a difference!
- Explore new landscapes across Western Rohan – Explore the Westemnet of Rohan and rally each of the five ridings as Rohan returns to glory. Traverse the capital of Edoras, mysterious Dunharrow, and the fortress of the Hornburg within Helm’s Deep.
- Advance from levels 85 to 95 – Experience 10 new levels, from 85 to 95, with new skills and completely updated class specializations. Both mounted and un-mounted combat will challenge you as you war against the evil forces of Saruman.
- Continue the Epic Story – Encounter beloved characters such as Aragorn, Éowyn, and Éomer. Restore King Théoden to his rightful throne while you defend the peoples of Rohan at Helm’s Deep.
We only have two pre-order options available this time and they both include Turbine Points. It surprisingly does not include any quest pack content like past years have.
The pre-order offers are currently available at http://www.lotro.com/en/helmsdeep
PREMIUM EDITION – $59.99, €53,99, £44.99
- Armour of the Hammerhand – an exclusive full set of Rohirrim cosmetic armour
- +10 quest log slots
- Crystal of Remembrance – adds one additional legacy to your legendary weapon
- Helm’s Deep Title – Helm’s Enforcer
- Helm’s Deep Title – Helm’s Avenger
- 2000 Turbine points
- Shield of the Hammerhand (Statted Cloak +25%XP, scales to level of wearer)
- Exclusive War-steed Bundle (The Steed of the Hammerhand) – an exclusive Rohirrim mount with matching War-Steed appearance
BASE EDITION – $39.99, €35,99, £29.99
- Hauberk of the Hammerhand – an exclusive Rohirrim cosmetic chest piece
- Helm’s Deep Title: Helm’s Enforcer
- 1000 Turbine points
Pre-purchasers will also receive these items that can be used immediately in the game:
- Token of Hornburg (+25% Monster XP and Crafting XP)
- The Steed of the Hammerhand – an exclusive Rohirrim Mount
Upgrades Available at Check Out
When you pre-order either one of the packages above you are offered the following add-on packs before completing your purchase. These are in addition to the cost of the pre-order you selected.
Legendary Item Pack – $39.99 USD
- Free Ticket to the movie “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
- Legendary Item Stat Upgrade (3 Star-lit Crystals)
- Legendary Item Level Cap Increase
- Relic Removal Scroll
- Premium Relic Pack
The free ticket to the movie is only available in the US, unfortunately. Sapience says in the forums they tried to get the same offer for Europeans that didn’t work out. [source]
5,000 Turbine Points – $34.99 USD
Can be applied to other accounts.In the past, this was a code that was emailed to you and you could apply it to any account you wish. This may have changed with the website upgrade. According to QuartermasterU on the forums “The LOTRO Market doesn’t deliver keys”. [source] Items from the store are described as delivering to the account that is logged in when purchased.
- This is 30% off the normal price of $49.99.
Expansion Quad Pack – $19.99 USD
- This is their new Quad Pack offering that includes all the previous expansions. This is 50% off the normal price of $39.99
Sorry I’m only offered the prices in USD because I’m in America!
A quick reference for frequently asked pre-order questions:
- The pre-order is available up until launch of November 18th.
- You must pre-order before launch date of November 18th in order to get the pre-purchase goodies.
- Pre-purchase goodies are granted immediately. Not on the launch date.
- You can not pre-order in-game with Turbine Points. The Turbine Store will have in-game offering of the expansion at launch.
- The Helm’s Deep Expansion is NOT included in any sort of VIP or Lifetime status. If you want it, you have to buy it. All players.
- Check out upgrade offers are only available when purchasing the pre-order. If you didn’t pick it up when you pre-order, you missed it.
- There will not be retail box copies of Helm’s Deep to purchase. This is digital only as were the last two expansions.
- Cosmetics (both character and war-steed) are not able to be dyed. See @toarda tweet here and here for pictures of the sets in game.
- The Crystal of Remembrance is a single use item that each of your characters will receive. It is available in the LOTRO Store currently.
- There are no new instances currently planned with Helm’s Deep. Turbine is placing all their bets that the new Big Battle system will be the bees knees for our adventuring needs. [See Q10.]
- The Epic Story is tied to the Big Battle System and will not be free for all players. [source]
- The housing update is not part of Helm’s Deep but it is planned for this year [source]