CODEMASTERS AND TURBINE UNVEIL RELEASE DATE FOR THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™
Highly-Anticipated MMO Currently Scheduled to Launch on April 24, 2007
Codemasters Online Gaming and Turbine, Inc. today announced that The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, the highly anticipated massively multiplayer online game, is currently scheduled to launch on April 24, 2007 across Europe.
The Lord of the Rings Online lets players experience the greatest epic fantasy adventure of all time and join with millions of fans from around the globe in the vast world of Middle-earth.
Codemasters Online Gaming has also announced the details of their revolutionary pre-order Founder's Program for The Lord of the Rings Online in Europe. This exciting Founder's Program rewards all players who pre-order The Lord of the Rings Online with a special £99.99 (149.99) Lifetime Membership offer, early access to the game, character roll-over and a unique in-game bonus item. Players can become a Founder by pre-ordering the title at www.lotro-europe.com/preorder or at retail stores throughout Europe beginning in late March 2007. This limited time offer is exclusively available to pre-order customers in Europe.*
"It's exciting to announce the release date for what is going to be one of the top PC releases of the year," said David Solari, Vice President and General Manager of Codemasters Online Gaming "The Founder's Program offers gamers some amazing benefits when choosing how to start their adventure in this landmark title. April is going to be the month when everyone moves to Middle-earth!"
The Lord of the Rings Online Founder's Program* offers players two different membership options:
Just £99.99 (149.99) for a Lifetime Membership
Only £5.99 (8.99) per month subscription price when purchased as part of a 6-month package.
In addition to these special pricing options, The Lord of the Rings Online Founders receive:
10-days Head Start: Guaranteed early access provides Founders the opportunity to create a character and enter Middle-earth before the commercial release of the game.
Character Roll-Over: Moves the character that you created during the head start into the live service along with the stats, levels, items, and experience that character earned prior to launch!
Bonus Items: A special in-game item that is only available to those who pre-order.
Stickers: Six The Lord of the Rings Online stickers along with a special window sticker.
This exciting Founder's Program is available for a limited time until the commercial launch of The Lord of the Rings Online (currently scheduled for April 24, 2007).
At launch, fans will be able to explore the untold stories of Middle-earth, interact with legendary heroes like Gandalf, and play a vital role in the War of the Ring. The Lord of the Rings Online is the first and only massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on the Books of J.R.R. Tolkien. The game recreates the vast world of Middle-earth with incredible dedication to the Tolkien lore with an unprecedented level of detail. The game delivers an experience that takes players beyond the books to where they can create their own story within the most famous fantasy world of all time. For more information, visit www.lotro-europe.com.
* Terms & Conditions Apply
Turbine, Inc. is a premier developer, publisher and operator of online subscription entertainment and is headquartered in Westwood, Massachusetts. The company is one of the largest privately-held online games companies in North America. Turbine's catalogue includes some of the most famous online entertainment brands, including Asheron's Call®, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE: Stormreach, and The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. For more information on Turbine and its services, please visit www.turbine.com
Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience on current and future gaming platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company's dominant brands include Colin McRae Rally, TOCA Race Driver, LMA Manager, Brian Lara Cricket and Operation Flashpoint. The company is headquartered in Southam, Warwickshire UK and maintains operations in the US, Germany, France, Spain, and Benelux. More information about the company and its products is available online at www.codemasters.com
About Tolkien Enterprises
The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises is the holder of worldwide motion picture, legitimate stage, merchandising, and other rights in J.R.R. Tolkien's literary works The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Tolkien Enterprises has been producing and licensing films, stage productions and merchandise based on Tolkien's works for almost 30 years. Its headquarters are in Berkeley, California, and its website may be found at www.tolkien-ent.com.
Retail purchase of the full version of game is required to redeem Founder's Program offer, which expires 30 days after commercial launch of the game unless Pre-order and Launch Product Keys are activated prior to the expiration date. Founder's Program offer is not transferable. Founder's Program Lifetime Membership is valid for so long as game is in service and account is continuously maintained without termination. This Founder's Program offer is available to players located in Europe only. Certain restrictions apply. See www.lotro-europe.com/preorder for more details.
"The Lord of the Rings Online," "Shadows of Angmar," "Middle-earth," "The Lord of the Rings," and the names of the characters, events, items and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises under license to Turbine, Inc. Turbine and the Turbine logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Turbine, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.