Warner Bros who had Procured the LOTR games Has recently announced a Free to Play Option On their website
The statement As Seen From the Official site http://www.lotro.com/
Today is an important day for LOTRO: we’ve announced that this fall, LOTRO will begin offering a Free-to-Play option! Players will be able to download the game and adventure in Middle-earth for free. With Free-to-Play comes the addition of the LOTRO Store, where players will have immediate in-game access to a wide variety of special items, account services, and convenience items.
Head up to the site and join now...
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