The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard’s beta starts on july 27th

Turbine announced today The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard, the next expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) will launch its Beta Program on July 27, 2011.

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The Rise of Isengard Beta Program is Invite-only. Players across North America and Europe can pre-purchase Rise of Isengard to receive special benefits including preferred access to the Beta Program. Players can take can take advantage of three special pre-purchase offers to celebrate the release of the third major expansion to LOTRO:

• Rise of Isengard Base Edition – Includes the full Rise of Isengard expansion plus:
o Steed of the Gap, a new in-game mount with matching red cosmetic cloak for every character on your account
o In-game title – Guard of the Isen
o 25% XP boost for all characters on an account up to level 65

• Rise of Isengard Heroic Edition – Includes the full Rise of Isengard expansion plus:
o 1,000 Turbine Points for use in the LOTRO Store
o Steed of the Gap, a new in-game mount with choice of matching cosmetic cloak and armor in your choice of red, white or green for every character on your account
o In-game title – Guard of the Isen
o 25% XP boost for all characters on an account up to level 65

• Rise of Isengard Legendary Edition -- Includes the full Rise of Isengard expansion plus:
o 1,000 Turbine Points for use in the LOTRO Store
o All three Steeds of the Gap, new in-game mounts with matching cosmetic cloak and armor in all three colors for every character on your account
o In-game title – Guard of the Isen
o 25% XP boost for all characters on an account up to level 65
o Access to the Path of the Fellowship Quest Packs including Trollshaws, Eregion, Moria, Lothlorien and Mirkwood

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Players will have access to all of the bonus items including the new mount, cosmetic cloak and armor, in-game title and XP boost immediately after purchase. The Rise of Isengard expansion itself will be available to play on September 27, 2011. These special offers will only be available for a limited time.