Lord of the Rings Online going free-to-play

It appears that the free-to-play model Warner Bros. — formerly Turbine — adopted for Dungeons & Dragons Online has been so successful that the company plans to apply the same type of model to Lord of the Rings Online. The new free-to-play version of the game will be launching this fall in North America and Europe with the beta test starting up on June 16.

Much like the game’s D&D counterpart, LotRO will have an al-la carte style purchasing system. Players will be able to download the full game and play for free, but will have to purchase individual expansions if they so choose. Quest packs, items and various account services will also be available.