Apologies if this has been covered. If it has, I missed it.
Just spotted this on EG: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/lotro-to-relaunch-as-free-to-play
It's links to the LOTRO website with the announcement.
From the EG article:
The move will follow the model established by Turbine's successful relaunch of Dungeons & Dragons Online in the US last year, with a large chunk of the game available for free and extra content, items, features and services on sale via an in-game store.
Alternatively, you'll be able to pay a VIP subscription for unlimited access to premium content.
European LOTRO operator Codemasters Online is on board with the change and the new service will launch in autumn across North America and Europe. (Codemasters still operates DDO as a traditional subscription game in Europe.)
You'll be able to play up to level 50 - the level cap of the original version of the game, Shadows of Angmar - for free. In the LOTRO Store, you will be able to purchase "convenience items", expansion packs, premium content, additional character slots, potions and character customisation options.
The VIP offering will grant unlimited access to all premium content, priority server access, five character slots, a shared bank slot and a monthly stipend of points to spend in the LOTRO store "for one low price". The price is yet to be revealed.
Interesting move. I thought LOTRO was one of the games doing rather well. Is free to play really better than subscription based in that case?
Also, any info on what this means for those with lifetime accounts? The website is kinda vague on that? I certainly hope it doesn't mean us having to pay any subscription to be VIP. But I guess it doesn't.
EDIT: Also, what's with the VIP char slots?
(can purchase more)
I currently have 7.