“Lord of the Rings Online” will get a major update this fall, and with it the PC roleplaying game will drop subscription fees and shift to a free-play model.
The move follows in the footsteps of Turbine’s other popular fantasy RPG, Dungeons & Dragons Online, which moved to a free model last year.
Like D&D Online, LOTR Online will allow more enterprising players to purchase upgrades and virtual items a la carte or join a VIP program that offers unlimited access to all of the game’s content for one package price.
“The franchise’s expansive adventure story lends itself perfectly for LOTRO free-to-play, giving a wide range of players the opportunity to experience the game,” said Jeff Junge, senior vice president of online games and digital games platforms for Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Earlier this year Warner Bros. Interactive acquired Turbine.
Players interested in getting a sneak peek of the new LOTRO can sign up for a chance to participate in the Beta program which begins June 16, 2010 at http://www.lotro.com.