LOTRO: Minas Morgul Pre-Order
The forthcoming Minas Morgul expansion for The Lord of the Rings Online, became available for pre-order today. Furthermore, Update 24.3 was also released, making the new race of Stout-Axe Dwarves immediately available for those who have purchased the aforementioned expansion. Minas Morgul will provisionally be launched on Tuesday 29th of October, although Standing Stones Games have stated that this may be delayed for a few days should there be any technical issues. As with the previous expansion, Mordor, there are three versions of the game with a variety of additional baubles and trinkets available. These are mainly cosmetic items and sundry buffs and boosts. The pricing ranges from $40 for the Basic Edition, $80 for the Collector’s Edition and $130 for the Ultimate Fan Bundle. Again, as with the last expansion, the respective value of the most expensive tier is currently being “disputed” by players, although having logged into the game, it is already clear that many people have already bought it.
All editions of Minas Morgul come with the following content. Over 250 New Quests. 7 New Instances. Updated Crafting Guilds. Further instalments in the Black Book of Mordor Storyline. A new Shelob Raid and “more”. It should be noted that the instances and raid will follow in patches after launch of the expansion. Furthermore, according to developer’s Stand Stone Games “Minas Morgul will take you on an expedition deep into the Morgul Vale in search of answers to a mystery that spans three thousand years. The words of the shade of Isildur will unearth secrets and visions of the Second Age that have remained untold until now, revealing playable landscape and new adventures from a crucial time in Middle-earth’s history”. There is also yet another increase in the game’s level cap from 120 to 130. Thus creating a new gear check for those who wish to have appropriately levelled armour and jewellery.
For long term LOTRO players, SSG’s announcement and overall marketing strategy for this new expansion holds no surprises. This is pretty much exactly what they did when they launched Mordor in late 2017. The appeal of Minas Morgul is aimed predominantly at core players, although the Character Level Boost to 120 may be of interest to new players who wish to join and play with friends at cap. SSG seem to have found a content release schedule that works well for them, offering an ongoing diet of “same meat, different gravy” which satisfies core players. For those who do not feel the need to pre-order the expansion, it will be available for purchase via the in-game store with LOTRO points in March 2020. Base Edition (includes the Minas Morgul Region & Instances only) is priced at 2495 Points. For those who just want to unlock the Stout-Axe Dwarf race, it will cost 1000 Points.