The Lord of the Rings Online finally on Mac!

The wait is over. After 5 years since the PC release, developer Turbine is finally bringing The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar to the Mac. Definitely a fine addition to mac games available today!

You can download the Mac client here.

LOTRO is a free to play MMORPG taking place in the Lord of The Rings universe, giving players the chance to build a character from one of four races, and seven unique classes.

Why it matters

2012 is shaping out to be  a great year for Mac gaming, with many great mac games being released this year. We’ve had Call of Duty Black Ops and The Witcher 2 to name a few.

Mac games - Lord of the Rings Online

“The Lord of the Rings Online will definitely be part of the top mac games of the year.”

It has had only positive reviews since 2007, when it was first released, scoring 86 on Metacritic.

Also, it will be the only serious Free to Play MMO available on the mac, enabling you to enjoy the full experience without been forced to pay for a monthly subscription.


What you will get

According to TUAW’s interview with Turbine’s VP of Product Development Craig Alexander, we will get native client for the Mac:

Turbine first considered bringing Lord of the Rings Online to Mac back when the game went free-to-play, said Alexander, but the reason it took so long was because the company decided to build a native port for the game rather than depend on emulation or other similar methods. “Trying to outsource the task just didn’t make sense,” said Alexander.

Mac gamers will not only enjoy a native, optimised version of the game, they will also have access to every feature available on the PC version, including the game’s latest expansion, Riders of Rohan, released a few weeks ago, according to Kate Paiz, executive producer of the game.

Are you planning on trying out this game? Are you a fan of MMOs? We respond to all comments!

Thanks to Inside Mac Games for the heads up!