They’ve been hinting at this for a while, but the formal announcement hit that Turbine is starting the Isengard Beta next week!

This round is by invite only, and will be under an NDA so consider this a closed beta program which I’m sure will become open sometime closer to the actual launch date.  Turbine’s NDA is further restricted by the fact that you can’t even admit you’re in the beta program, let alone talk about any of the details, so keep that in mind if you’re one of the lucky ones to get an invite.  These email invites will be sent out “soon” and I’m assuming they’ll include the directions to download whatever client they’re working off of.  Hopefully it is Bullroarer such that some folks may have a patching head start, but we’ll have to wait and see, I wouldn’t necessarily suggest grabbing Bullroarer unless you have lots of spare disc space and download time.

For all of you who are lucky enough to get in, I only request that in addition to checking out the new cool areas, I want to see the Orthanc too, remember that this is a testing event and they do need you to help test and trouble shoot things.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they had certain areas, functionality, classes, etc. that they want people to focus on so try to keep active on the forums.  The more you can break now means less that has to be patched when the game goes live!

Certainly exciting news and good luck to all of you wanting to get invited and to your fruitful testing!