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Edinburgh is the gateway to Middle-earth™ as The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar gets exclusive premiere at EIEF06

The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar confirmed as part of "Game Screenings" at the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival.

Hobbits, Elves, and Orcs are set to descend on Edinburgh later this month when The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar receives an exclusive premiere at the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival 2006's (EIEF06) Game Screenings event.

EIEF06's Game Screenings offer members of the public a chance to get up close with some of the leading names in video games. The event is being held at The Odeon, Lothian Road, Edinburgh on Tuesday, 22nd August.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar is the first and only massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) based on the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The game is currently in development at Turbine, Inc.'s studios in Massachusetts and is tipped as the next major landmark in online gaming.

In The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar players will journey to Middle-earth, an evolving and persistent re-creation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved world. There they will join thousands of others in an epic adventure as they explore a massive online world while defending the lands from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Gamers will face the dangers Frodo and the Fellowship left behind when they began their epic journey to destroy the One Ring. They will be able to choose from thousands of players online to forge their own fellowships and face the hideous monsters and minions of evil, fight epic battles and immerse themselves in the greatest adventure of our time.

Be one of the first to experience The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar at EIEF06's Game Screenings on Tuesday, 22nd August at The Odeon, Lothian Road, Edinburgh. For information, please visit www.eief.co.uk

The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar is currently alpha phase of development. The game will be published and operated in Europe by Codemasters Online Gaming. For more details on The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar visit the official European website at http://www.lotro-europe.com/

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ABOUT THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE: SHADOWS OF ANGMAR

Codemasters is the exclusive European publisher and online operator of the first and only MMORPG based on the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar is currently being developed by Turbine, Inc., a premier publisher of online subscription entertainment.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar will allow players to forge heroic legacies in the War for Middle-Earth. Gamers will experience an evolving persistent recreation of Tolkien's world-renowned fantasy realm where they can establish their unique reputations, and discover and wield legendary weapons in strategic battles, while adventuring solo or in Fellowships.

This game spans legendary Eriador, including the pastoral Shire, the Elven enclave of Rivendell, rustic Bree, and more. As the lands of Middle-Earth fall under a growing threat from the dark realm of Angmar, only the mightiest of deeds and the stoutest of hearts can halt the advance of Sauron's minions.

Be a hero: Show the world your mettle and risk your life to protect all the Free-peoples. Combine class, race, traits and experience to create your own unique character. Forge your Fellowship and struggle together against evil with other adventurers in your campaign across Eriador. Evolving world: Unique instancing technology allows players to make their mark within the world. Save a Hobbit village, clear a Dwarven mine, purify an Elven glade - the power is in your hands to change the fate of entire realms. Choose your lineage: Follow in the footsteps of your favourite Tolkien hero. Choose one of Middle-earth's signature races of Human, Elves, Dwarves and Hobbits. Mark your own place in history. Unlock the secrets of Middle-Earth: Explore the pastoral Shire, roam the eerie Barrow Downs, visit elegant Rivendell, walk beneath the dark canopy of the Old Forest, adventure to the depths of Moria and discover many other locations fully realized from The Fellowship of the Ring. Classic characters: The faithful recreation of Middle-earth is populated with familiar friends and corrupt foes. Join in the battle against Orcs, Trolls, Spiders, Barrow Wights and the Nazgûl. Meet Elrond, Tom Bombadil, Bilbo, the Dúnedain and even members of the Fellowship itself. Intense combat: Combat in Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar grows in intensity as you master your skills and gain strategic advantage. Combine your efforts into devastating compound attacks.

UK PRESS INFORMATION

For EIEF

Helen Page Helen.Page@bhpr.co.uk

Emma Cowie emma.cowie@bhpr.co.uk

For Codemasters 01926 814 132

Richard Eddy riche@codemasters.com

Sam Cordier sam.cordier@codemasters.com

www.codemasters.com/mediabank

THE EIEF06 PROGRAM OF EVENTS CONSISTS OF:

Two days of conference sessions - The Industry Conference will take place at the Royal College of Physicians on 21st August and at the Odeon, Lothian Road on 22nd August Game Screenings - Offering members of the public a chance to get up close with the creators of some of the leading video games at the Odeon, Lothian Road - 22nd August EIEF Edge Award - Key industry figures will gather at the Jam House for the annual EIEF Edge Award and networking party - 21st August The official website can be found at www.eief.co.uk.

ABOUT EIEF06

The Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival EIEF) is managed by a committee drawn from all areas of the industry, including publishers, developers and the two industry trade bodies; The Independent Game Developers Association (TIGA) www.tiga.org and the Entertainment & Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) www.elspa.com.

ABOUT CODEMASTERS

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 http://www.codemasters.com

ABOUT TURBINE

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 company 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.

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