The free-to-play online MMO Lord of the Rings Online turns five this month, and it seems as if it were just introduced yesterday. But looking back we realized that we’ve been writing about the game since 2006. Originally, when LOTRO came out it was chasing the Ultima Online and World of Warcraft model of pay-to-play. However, in 2010 Warner Bros. Interactive changed the model to its current free-to-play version. Players can get in the door for free but the LOTRO online store sells items, account services, and expansions for the game.
For the anniversary Turbine is throwing an in-game party for fans. If you log in during the Anniversary Festival from April 16 through April 30, you will receive an Anniversary Gift. Premium and VIP players are eligible for additional items. The Festival comes with new events and new rewards, and players will be able to set off colorful fireworks throughout the Shire and Bree-land. Make sure to take part in the updated Battle for Glorious Beer at Thorin’s Ale Hall.
Turbine is also throwing a fan contest that could net a lucky winner a trip to Turbine studios. If you’re interested in more details on the gifts or the contest check out the Turbine page.
Today’s video features members of the Turbine team reflecting on the past five years and how LOTRO has grown and changed since its 2007 launch.