With World of Warcraft practically raping the MMO market, many other online games on the PC really haven’t been receiving the attention they deserve. That’s not to say that all of them suffer the fate of solitude, of course. Turbine, the developers of the successful Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited, have made the decision of making their three-year-old popular MMO Lord of the Rings Online free-to-play this fall. When it comes into fruition, players will be able to download and play the game for free, with the option of purchasing additional content , which includes quest packs, expansions, items and “account services” from an online storefront. If you enjoy receiving the “special treatment” or are just a fan of important-sounding titles, the “VIP” option will be made available, which automatically gives players access to the aforementioned items. Whether or not the membership is a one-time payment or an ongoing subscription hasn’t been mentioned.
I’ve played my fair share for Lord of the Rings Online, and still do from time-to-time. Why Turbine has decided to take the path of another one of their titles going free-to-play, I don’t know. But, after playing both games, I can say that both are good games and, if you’re a fan of MMO, should be given a whirl if you’re looking for something beyond the world of Azeroth.