LOTRO: Next Expansion Named?

Keen-eyed Lord of the Rings Online players have spotted a new Trade Mark application for specifically computer games and related products under the name of 'Riders of Rohan', a possible expansion for the successful MMO.

The application was made on 20 March by 'The Saul Zaentz Company'. On further investigation, this company is behind a number of films including the 1978 animated version of LOTR. It appears that there is a division of Saul Zaentz called Tolkien Enterprises, which owns certain exclusive rights to the literary works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien Enterprises provides the licences to other parties wishing to use LOTR for "various lines of merchandise".

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Maticus3462d ago (Edited 3462d ago )

Hmm, seems like something is going on... It will be a little while before we find out though won't it?

Leord3462d ago

This is similar to the Burning Crusade, and when that name was kind of revealed before announcement! =)

Maticus3462d ago

Indeed, Wrath of the Lich King was revealed the same way.

Leord3462d ago

That sounds really cool. I'd play that =)

Fyzzu3462d ago

Ooh that's quite interesting. It would make sense considering the MMO's largely following the path of the books, too...

Medievaldragon3462d ago

That's an interesting thing to surface this early. Blizzard sorta did the same thing in the book WoW: Arthas in that scene where Arthas sees scenes from the future giving us a glimpse into three possible expansion themes.

Malfurion3462d ago

Nooooo, I'm only on the 5th chapter, no more spoilers!!

Maticus3462d ago

Keep going, it's well worth the read. Best WoW book so far :)

Malfurion3462d ago

This is a pretty big discovery if it proves to be correct.

But Mines of Moria has only recently come out, surely it will be some time until the next expansion is named, let alone released.