Turbine has just released preliminary patch notes for Lord of the Rings Online's update 14 on the Bullroarer test server. Here are the highlights:
- The level cap has been raised to the nice shiny and round number of 100.
- Three new regions -- free for VIPs -- have been added. "Explore and enjoy West Gondor!" says the team.
- Volume IV of the epic story has been implemented. It's free for all players.
- The Essence system is functional. "New gear found throughout the world can be upgraded and enhanced by placing Essences into available slots. These Essences are currently earned as drops."
- The game now has a new global chat channel, accessible through /world or /wd commands.