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Power failure at Turbine delays Lord Of The Rings Online: Helm's Deep

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Turbine was forced to delay the launch of the Helm's Deep expansion for Lord of the Rings Online as a power failure knocked out their systems. Functionality was quickly restored but issues remain.

The studio is undertaking some "lengthy diagnostic investigations" to figure out how the power failure occurred, and warned some servers will have trouble for a little while.

The Lord Of The Rings Online: Helm's Deep expansion coming October 28th

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Want to take part in the "most epic conflict yet" for MMO The Lord of the Rings Online? Well you can't. Not until October 28th arrives anyway, like some much needed reinforcements at some kind of siege battle.

Helm's Deep is the sight of the "most memorable battle" in Middle-earth, and now the LOTRO team are letting fans get right in the thick of it. Level cap rises from 85 to 95.

Xfire: Free-to-play titles "continue to gain rapid user adoption and retention"

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Free-to-play games aren't some fad, they're getting bigger and now starting to nip at the heels. Xfire has stated, in a recent report, that F2P with micro-transactions are becoming mainstream among gamers.

Xfire runs a free chat and server browser client and has seen their World of Warcraft numbers tumble, while League of Legends rockets upward. The "rapid ascension" of F2P took them by surprise.

Lord of the Rings Online begins Summer Festival, ends July 11th

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It's officially summer for Lord of the Rings Online as its Summer Festival started yesterday with "time-honored racing and fishing", and will end next month.

Yes the whole of Middle-earth is caught up in competition "with reins or rod" as users undertake challenges for rewards. Of course you could just gamble?

Rumour: Turbine making "unannounced online console project"

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A job post for a software engineer via Turbine's parent company Warner Brothers reveals they've got an "unannounced online console" videogame in the works.

It seems to be called 'Project Hendrix' according an online CV, which reveals it's for PC and includes PvP features. They've already canned one console MMO.

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