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WESTWOOD, Mass. - MAY 5, 2006 - Turbine, Inc., a premier developer, publisher and operator of online subscription entertainment, today announced its line-up for the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), a trade event exclusively dedicated to showcasing the best in interactive entertainment and software. Turbine will unveil a playable version of The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, the world's first and only massively multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing game based upon the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Additionally, the company will demonstrate new content in DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE: Stormreach, the hit game that has quickly become one of the fastest-growing MMOs in North America. Both will be showcased in Turbine's booth at the event held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 10-12th, in Booth #2900 in the West Hall.
"Turbine has come a long way since starting as a small development studio nearly 12 years ago," said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. "E3 2006 serves as a milestone for the company as we have evolved into one of the largest publishers of MMO games in the industry. We can't wait to show off our latest titles."
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (LOTRO) allows players to explore the most famous fantasy world of all time, fight the evil minions of the Dark Lord Sauron, and advance their heroes by adventuring through the vast reaches of Middle-earth. Turbine will also begin the registration process for its Beta Program for LOTRO and offer a playable version of the Weathertop experience in its booth.
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE: Stormreach was released in February 2006 to critical acclaim and quickly became one of the fastest-growing MMOs in North America. Following on the heels of the Dragon's Vault module, which released in April, Turbine will also be announcing a range of expanded player features and content scheduled to be released later this year.
Executives and members of the development teams from Turbine will be on hand in the company's booth (#2900) located in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The latest community news and images from The Lord of the Rings Online and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE: Stormreach can be found at http://www.thelordoftheringsonline.com and http://www.ddo.com, respectively. Visitors can join the rapidly growing communities for each game, interact with the developers, get detailed game information and receive ongoing first looks at exclusive content. The Lord of the Rings Online is being co-published in North America by Turbine and Midway Home Entertainment Inc. (a subsidiary of Midway Games Inc. NYSE: MWY). The game will be co-published by Turbine and Codemasters in Europe. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE: Stormreach is published by Atari, Inc. in the U.S. and Europe.
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.
Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can be found at www.midway.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 European operations in Germany, France, Spain, and Benelux. The company has its US headquarters in New York. More information about the company and its products is available online at http://www.codemasters.com.
New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining franchises such as DRIVER, The Matrix (Enter The Matrix and The Matrix: Path of Neo), Stuntman and Test Drive®; and mass-market and children's franchises such as Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues and Dora the Explorer, and Dragon Ball Z®. Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR-0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.
About The HASBRO PROPERTIES GROUP
The Hasbro Properties Group (HPG), the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), translates one of the industry's richest portfolios of brands into a world of fun and excitement for children and adults globally. Through a host of publishing, digital media, lifestyle and entertainment platforms, HPG is able to surround fans worldwide with consumer products that expand Hasbro's core brands, such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, MY LITTLE PONY, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE, TONKA and PLAYSKOOL.
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.
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