Harvest Festival in Middle-Earth Online

TURBINE AND CODEMASTERS ONLINE TO CELEBRATE THE HARVEST FESTIVAL IN MIDDLE-EARTH

Two-Week Celebration Kicks off on October 26th!

WESTWOOD, MA – October 25, 2007 - Today, Turbine, Inc. and Codemasters Online announced the details of the first annual Harvest Festival in The Lord of the Rings Online(tm): Shadows of Angmar(tm)   The Lord of the Rings Online is the second largest Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game* (MMORPG) and one of the largest Tolkien communities in the world.  Beginning October 26th, players are invited to join the celebration of the harvest season in Middle-earth(tm).

"The Harvest Festival is the second of many seasonal events that we have planned for The Lord of the Rings Online," said Jeffrey Steefel, Executive Producer. "These festivals coupled with content updates demonstrate our commitment to delivering the best online experience for our subscribers through a fun, compelling and evolving game.  We want everyone to join with us as we begin a new annual tradition in Middle-earth!"

Players can celebrate throughout Middle-earth from October 26th to November 11th by interacting with special vendors, earning unique items and participating in quests designed just for the Harvest Festival including:

Horse Racing – Players can compete against each other in a horse race!  Winners will receive a horse race token that can be used to purchase a Harvest Festival horse.
Games of Chance – The Harvest Festival will host four games.  Players can bob for apples in the Shire or try geode picking with the Dwarves to earn Harvest Festival tokens that can be used to buy special festival items. 
Harvesting the Crop – This new collection of quests enables players to harvest the crops they planted during the Summer Solstice Festival in June and earn a special item for their house.
Dancing – There will be dancing quests with new race-specific dance emotes as a reward.

The Lord of the Rings Online delivers an entirely new interactive experience brimming with life and filled with the familiar people, places and monsters from the most beloved fantasy adventure of all time. From the quaint surroundings of the Shire to Angmar, the vile kingdom of the Witch-king, players will experience the world of Middle-earth as never before. The Lord of the Rings Online is now available for purchase at major retailers across North America and Europe. For more information or to download a free trial, please visit www.lotro.com or www.lotro-europe.com.

About Turbine

Turbine, Inc. is a premier developer, publisher and operator of online entertainment and is headquartered in Westwood, Massachusetts.  The company is one of the largest privately-held online game companies in North America.  Turbine’s catalog includes some of the most famous online entertainment brands, including Asheron’s CallĀ®, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE(tm): Stormreach(tm), and The Lord of the Rings Online(tm): Shadows of Angmar(tm).  For more information on Turbine, its products and services please visit www.turbine.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 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.

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