Lord of the Rings Online to Launch Expansion on November 18th

Turbine, Inc. has announced all the details of the launch of their expansion pack to The Lord of the Rings Online, Mines of Moria.  Here's the official press release!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TURBINE UNVEILS LAUNCH DATE, PRE-ORDER AND EARLY UPGRADE PROGRAMS FOR THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE: MINES OF MORIA


The Gates of Moria Open on November 18th

WESTWOOD, MA – October 9, 2008-- Turbine, Inc. announced today the details of the launch of The Lord of the Rings Online™: Mines of Moria™. On November 18, 2008 The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria will be available in stores across North America and Europe allowing players to begin their journey to the vast, terrifying and unparalleled world beneath Middle-earth.

Turbine also announced the launch of the Mines of Moria Pre-Order and Early Upgrade Programs. Players in North America can pre-order Mines of Moria at participating retailers nationwide beginning today or can purchase an early upgrade of Mines of Moria by visiting www.lotro.com/moria and get special benefits -- including a special $9.99 per month subscription when purchasing a multi-month plan and special in-game items.

"On November 18th players across North America and Europe will journey with the dwarves deep into Middle-earth to reclaim the ancient kingdom of Khazad-dm from the minions of Saruman," said Jeffrey Steefel, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online. "Response from the Beta Program has been phenomenal and starting today, players in North America can secure their spot to adventure in one of the most epic underground spaces ever created!"

MINES OF MORIA RETAIL PRE-ORDER PROGRAM* DETAILS
Players who pre-order Mines of Moria and purchase The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Complete Edition or Collector’s Edition qualify for the following special pre-order benefits:

Pre-order Pricing
Only $9.99 per month when choosing a multi-month subscription plan!
OR
Just $199 for a Lifetime Membership!

Pre-order In-game items
The Cloak of Sunset, a unique cloak emblazoned with an image of the Hollin Gate.
An exclusive in-game Moria character title - "Moria Expeditionary".
1 in-game token, which allows players to choose 1 of 8 unique in-game items after launch

Bonus Music CD -- Limited edition of the special extended Shadows of Angmar™ Soundtrack with a special bonus track from Mines of Moria.

This exciting Pre-order Program offer is available for a limited time from participating retailers until November 18, 2008 when The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria commercially launches in North America. For more information, please visit www.lotro.com/moria.

MINES OF MORIA DIGITAL EARLY UPGRADE PROGRAM** DETAILS

Current and former players of The Lord of the Rings Online who purchase an early digital upgrade to Mines of Moria qualify for the following special early upgrade benefits:

Early Upgrade Pricing
Only $9.99 per month when choosing a multi-month subscription plan!
OR
Just $199 for a Lifetime Membership!

Early Upgrade In-game items
The Cloak of Sunset, a unique cloak emblazoned with an image of the Hollin Gate which will be available to players upon upgrading
An exclusive in-game Moria character title - "Moria Expeditionary" which will be available to players upon upgrading
3 in-game token, which allows players to choose 3 of 8 unique in-game items after Mines of Moria launches

This exciting Early Upgrade Program offer is available for a limited time until November 18, 2008 when The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria commercially launches in North America. For more information, please visit www.lotro.com/moria.

The Lord of the Rings Online is the ultimate interactive adventure. This award-winning massively multiplayer online role playing game delivers an online experience brimming with life and filled with the familiar people, places and monsters from the most beloved fantasy of all time. Mines of Moria expands the online world of Middle-earth™ to let players adventure into one of the largest and most dangerous online underground environment ever created while extending the challenge to new heights with two new classes, ten additional levels and hundreds of new quests. Players will be able to explore the ancient underground cities of the dwarves, battle epic characters in the depths, face off with the Watcher, be a part of the fateful release of Durin’s Bane and more! For more information on The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria, please visit www.lotro.com/moria.

About Turbine
Turbine, Inc. is a premier creator, operator and publisher of massive, persistent online worlds that foster powerful social gaming communities. Turbine is one of the largest privately-held online gaming studios in North America and was recently chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the OnHollywood 100 Top Private Companies, a power list of the top private emerging technology companies in digital entertainment and media. Turbine has created some of the world’s most popular and award-winning online games, including The Lord of the Rings Online™, Dungeons & Dragons Online™ and Asheron's Call. For more information on Turbine, its products and services please visit www.turbine.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 more than 30 years.  Its headquarters are in Berkeley, California, and its website may be found at www.tolkien-ent.com.

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