I know more than a few of you have been hoping to find out the cost of the Rise of Isengard expansion in Turbine Points. Today Sapience posted on the forums the how Rise of Isengard will be sold in the in-game LOTRO Store and their prices.
Rise of Isengard Expansion Content
The Rise of Isengard content will essentially be sold in three packs.
Isengard Expansion Quests – 3250 Turbine Points
Available in the LOTRO Store September 27 (Isengard Launch) for 3250 Turbine Points
Over 375 Quests and more than 40 Deeds for characters level 66-75 in the following regions
- Dunland — Adventure amidst the bright forests in the foothills of the southern Misty Mountains. Beware the Dunland Clans, rugged warriors tempted by the dark promise of power.
- Gap of Rohan — Battle over the legendary pass between Eriador and the plane of Rohan. This key strategic point must be defended against the ambitions of Sauron.
- Isengard — Explore Orthanc, one of the iconic Two Towers as it rises over the once beautiful Isengard valley. The once beautiful vale now desecrated beyond imagination by the Wizard Saruman the betrayer.
Raid: Draigoch’s Lair – 1250 Turbine Points
Available in the LOTRO Store September 27 (Isengard Launch) for 1250 Turbine Points
- Face the ancient evil of Draigoch, one of the most powerful creatures in Middle-earth! Prepare for the ultimate challenge where nothing less than the strength of an entire force of 24 heroes stands the chance of victory
Expansion Instances – 1495 Turbine Points
Available with Update 5, currently slated for December, for 1495 Turbine Points
- One 12-player instance
- One 6-player instance
- Three 3-player instances
You can get the expansions included if you pre-order OR purchase from the online web store. However, there is no way to obtain the expansion instances pack for free with Turbine Points.
Total cost for all the Rise of Isengard content = 5,995 Turbine Points (approximately $59.95 US).
There may be an “Expansion Package” later in the year when the instances release but no news on what that may cost.
Also, for those who are comparing Moria, Mirkwood, and Isengard, you should notice that there is no "expansion" option for Isengard, jut the a la carte items. This is due to the instances coming later (currently slated for December). The LOTRO Store doesn’t allow us to put things in that don’t exist in game yet. So we can’t put an ‘expansion’ bundle in the store until then.
This total may seem quite a bit (and I totally agree with you) especially since it includes none of the pre-order goodies. However, if you’re a VIP who’s been squirrelling Turbine Points away for this day, it won’t seem like a big deal.
Also you have to take into consideration that you’d only need to purchase the first two packs as the final pack isn’t due out for a few months. September 27th cost for the content available is 4,500 Turbine Points (approximately $45 US). I only included the grand finally to compare with the pre-order offer which would include all these items and the lowest option for the pre-order is $30.
Pre-Order Experience Bonus Item
Turbine is also adding the 25% experience bonus item to the store at ROI launch.
Derudh’s Stone – 995 Turbine Points
Available in the LOTRO Store September 27 (Isengard Launch) for 995 Turbine Points
- A permanent pocket item that grants +25% XP on Monster Kills when equipped. This item binds to the purchasing character. Usable by characters level 1-64.
This was a bit unexpected for me since I thought the pre-order items were not going to be available in the store. Overall I don’t really have a problem with it available, just surprised it is there. I still received other items from my pre-order that will be unavailable. It’s a personal enhancement item that in the long run won’t affect me so if someone wants to fork over $10 for it, I suppose they can feel free to do so.
Pre-Order or LOTRO Store?
So is it worth it for you to buy the pre-order before September 27th, or just wait and get it in the store? Well of course this will depend on your situation and it’s unlikely I can discuss them all. I will do my best to try to address some scenarios to help you try to determine what may be best for you.
I really really like the pre-order items!
If you are drooling over the horses, cosmetics, or the title, you need to purchase the expansion before release in one of their pre-order packages. These goodies are for the pre-order only and will not be available after launch of Isengard.
Not sure which pre-order package you should get? See this post for some guidance.
I am super-duper casual
If you are hyper super casual you totally can wait and buy it from the store.
The super casual may take so long to get to 65 that they end up catching an Isengard sale and catch the bits and pieces they need at a discount as they go along.
None of my characters are even near level 65
Previously my advice for this group was to wait but it would actually be cheaper for you to pre-order the $30 package and get the pre-order goodies and the Expansion Quests over the $32-ish it will cost in Turbine Points.
Eh, it’s only $2 I hear you scoff. Well that $30 also includes the Derudh’s Stone which would cost you approximately an extra $10 if purchased in the store. Not to mention the horses and clothing your characters will receive.
If you have no use for the horses, cosmetics and wasn’t planning on buying the exp item anyway, it’s only a $2 difference. It’s your choice.
The Legendary Edition pre-order is a better deal for getting some missing quest packs for those leveling. See this post for some help deciding if it’s a good buy for you.
I am level 65 but I don’t raid!
The quest pack plus the free instances coming later may make it worth your while to pre-order rather than buy it piece meal.
If you think you’ll have no problem earning up the TP by December for the instance pack, there’s no harm waiting.
If you don’t expect to try the new instances either, perhaps just buy the regions from the store if you have the Turbine Points available.
I’m a Raider
Chances are you’ve already pre-ordered but in case you haven’t, you’re going to want to buy on release from the Turbine Web Store (not the in-game LOTRO Store) so you will get the expansion with the Draigoch raid included in the cost.
Any thoughts on other player scenarios that may help folks decide to pre-purchase or wait?