Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment announced the next expansion for Lord of the Rings Online, the free-to-play massively-multiplayer online role-playing game set in Middle-earth during the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The new expansion will continue the Epic Story with the Helm's Deep chapter, letting players play a role in the pivotal battle in the western plains of Rohan and raising the level cap to 95.

Kate Paiz, executive producer of The Lord of the Rings Online at Turbine said, “With Helm’s Deep, we’re bringing the War of the Ring to players on a monumental scale. Our team is thrilled to create another iconic moment in Middle-earth, and put players in the center of the action.”

According to the press release, Helm's Deep will feature the following:

  • Experience the Battle for Helm’s Deep – Fight to defend Helm’s Deep starting at level 10, as your character enlists as a soldier in the Battle of the Hornburg, the most massive conflict yet in The Lord of the Rings Online.  Earn rewards for your contribution to the war effort – win or lose, your aid makes a difference!
  • Explore new landscapes across Western Rohan - Explore the Westemnet of Rohan and rally each of the five Ridings as Rohan returns to glory. Traverse the capital of Edoras, mysterious Dunharrow, and the fortress of the Hornburg, deep within Helm’s Deep.
  • Advance from levels 85 to 95 - Experience 10 new levels, from 85 to 95, with new skills and completely updated class specializations. Both mounted and un-mounted combat will challenge you as you war against the evil of Saruman.
  • Continue the Epic Story - Encounter beloved characters such as Aragorn, Éowyn, and Éomer. Restore King Théoden to his rightful lordship and defend the peoples of Rohan at Helm’s Deep

There's no release date set in stone yet for Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's Deep, but they're looking at a Fall 2013 window. Excited to take part in the epic battle? Let us know in the comments section.