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JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings saga is one of those fiction properties that finds itself injected into just about every form of media. Sure, the film trilogy is absolutely hard to beat, but there are also quite a few video games based on the universe. One such property is The Lord of the Rings Online, a massively multiplayer online game running strong since 2007. But if you're a Mac user who has yet to jump on board, the game is finally receiving a native Mac client.
Speaking to TUAW, developer Turbine Entertainment had previously planned to bring Lord of the Rings Online to Mac some time ago, but ultimately decided to create its own Mac-compatible client, rather than outsource the work.
"It will all just work natively," said the game's executive producer, Kate Paiz."The Mac stuff will work through the same patcher."
While LOTRO was originally released back in 2007, Turbine decided to take the game free-to-play in 2010. The game has enjoyed substantial success, due in no small part to the popularity of the Lord of the Rings property, but dropping subscription requirements certainly helped, as well.
The game's most recent expansion, Riders of Rohan, just released earlier this month.
If you're interested in battling your way through Middle Earth, the Mac client is running as an open beta, at the moment. You can download the client by singing up through Turbine's site.
"We're very excited to welcome the Mac community firsthand," said Turbine's Craig Alexander. "We'd like to see what this IP and this game means to them personally."
The past couple of weeks have proven especially kind to Mac gamers. Recently, GOG.com announced Mac OS compatibility for a number of new and classic PC games.
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