Lord of the Rings Online to experience Volume 2 Book 8: Scourge of Khazad-Dûm, as the large patch makes it to the live servers today. The information-packed official update notes are long and dense; here is a small sample of the changes and additions:
- The Epic Book 8 quest line, involving the thwarting of Gorothúl, sorcerer of Dol Guldur
- The Summer Festival, including two new events, located at The Shire and the area outside Thorin's Hall
- A huge crafting revamp
- Numerous class tweaks
- A barter system for First Age Legendary Items
- Changes to Lothlorien Gift Boxes
- A boat NPC for Lake Everswim... er, Evendim!
The other good news is that we now know that Thursday the 25th is the tentative release date for Book 8 on the European servers. It was first spotted on the LotRO-Europe Twitter, and later backed up by Community Officer Faya on the forums. We're expecting official confirmation of the European launch date within the next 24 hours.