The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online are pretty solid free-to-play MMORPGs and they're about to get better. Standing Stone Games has announced that it's making a whole bunch of LOTRO and DDO premium content available to players for free and these changes will remain in effect for more than 40 days.
The announcement can be seen on the Dungeons & Dragons Online website. In it, Standing Stone Games details their reasoning for this generosity.
"Here at Standing Stone Games our goal is to bring joy to everyone through our games and we feel that is more important than ever," the announcement stated. "During this time we hope that everyone stays safe. Thank you."
While it's not explicitly stated as such, it's pretty clear that this is being done thanks to the millions of people stuck at home due to the coronavirus crisis all over the world. While both games certainly have their fair share of good free-to-play content, the opening up of a large premium content library will give free players a whole lot more to do — and it won't cost them a cent.
What LOTRO and DDO Content is Available?
The announcement on both websites details what content is going to be made available for free over the next month starting right now.
Dungeons and Dragons Online
- All dungeons and raids, including those in expansion packs, are open to everyone through April 30.
- The Buddy Bonus 5% XP will be active from March 20 through March 29. This will be in addition to the weekend events.
- Mimic event will be active starting March 26 through April 6.
- The anniversary event will be active starting March 26 through April 30.
The Lord of the Rings Online
- All quests, instances, and skirmishes, including those in expansion packs, are open to everyone through April 30.
- The Curator will be returning starting March 26 through April 30.
- There will be a 10% virtue XP boost starting on March 26 through April 6.
- The Baggins' Birthday event will be available March 26 through April 6.
While some events are timed, the vast majority of the content will be available until April 30, 2020. If you're stuck indoors, it's hard to argue against spending some of that time checking out Dungeons & Dragons Online or The Lord of the Rings Online at their official websites.
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What do you think of Standing Stone Games opening up premium LOTRO and DDO content to the masses? Do you think other MMORPGs will follow suit? Let us know in the comments below!