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Countdown Commencing to the LOTRO: Mines of Moria Launch

Posted by: Eva at 10/9/2008 8:55 PM
Turbine has given an official date for the release of its first official expansion for Lord of the Rings Online, Mines of Moria. Players in North America and Europe will be invited the enter the halls of Khazadum Tuesday, November 18th. While you're waiting for the official launch date to roll around, the details of the pre-order program for the Complete and Collector's editions of Mines of Moria are out.

The incentives for new, current and former players are enticing. They include an exclusive cloak and title as well as tokens that can be exchanged for your choice of in-game items. Pre-orders also lock in the multi-month subscription discount of $9.99 a month or give you the option to purchase the lifetime membership at the $199 price. I'm particularly thrilled about the lifetime price since we need to purchase our third.  LOTRO is a family affair at our house. Complete details on the Pre-Order and Early Upgrade Programs follow the break.


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-dûm 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 AngmarSoundtrack 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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*Pre-orders purchased at retail do not contain or provide access to The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria. The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria will be sold separately when commercially released in the U.S. and Canada, referred to as Launch. The Pre-order Program is available to players in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) only. Purchase of Mines of Moria, and activation of the associated Pre-order Product Key and Launch Product Key is required to take advantage of the Pre-order Program. The Pre-order Program expires on December 18, 2008.

** Digital upgrades purchased online will not be available for play until Launch.  The Early Upgrade Program is available to current and former players of The Lord of the Rings Online (or participants in The Lord of the Rings Online free trial program who purchase The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar) in the U.S. (excluding Texas and Washington) and Canada (excluding Quebec). The Early Upgrade Program expires on November 17, 2008.  Special pricing options will not take effect until the end of a player's current subscription period and are available for so long as the game is in service and the player's account continuously maintained. Purchases are non-refundable, subject to applicable laws. Pre-order Product Keys and Early Upgrade Product Keys are non-transferable. Game-play requires Internet connection. Online subscription fees apply. Game access subject to network and server availability. Players' personal computers must meet certain minimum system requirements to play the game. System requirements may change. Acceptance of the applicable Pre-order Program Terms and Conditions or the Early Upgrade Terms and Conditions, the applicable end user license agreement and terms of service is required for access to the live service at Launch. Visit www.lotro.com/moria for more details and any updates.

"The Lord of the Rings Online," "Shadows of Angmar," "Middle-earth," "Mines of Moria," "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.