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Lord of the Rings Online Retail Expansion Announced!

*THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE^(TM): Mines of moria^(TM) unveiled at
connect 08

*

*/Volume II of the 2007 PC Game of the Year Expected to Arrive at Retail
This Fall/*


*BIRMINGHAM**, UK -- March 14, 2008* - Turbine, Inc. and Codemasters
Online today unveiled Volume II of *The Lord of the Rings Online^(TM),*
the first retail expansion for the award-winning massively multiplayer
online roleplaying game (MMORPG)*. *Announced in Birmingham, the
childhood home of J.R.R. Tolkien, *The Lord of the Rings Online^(TM):*
*Mines of Moria^(TM) *will expand the online world of Middle-earth to
let players 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! *The Lord of the
Rings Online* expects to open Volume II of its epic story in the fall of
2008 with an increased level cap, two new classes and the introduction
of a unique item advancement system.

"The* Mines of Moria *is one of the most epic settings in all of fantasy
fiction," said Jim Crowley, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. "No one
delivers more quality content than Turbine and with our journey into
Moria, we will raise the bar even higher. We are adding vast amounts of
content, debuting massive new environments and unveiling numerous unique
feature sets, like item advancement, which will create entirely new
dimensions of compelling game play and social interaction which are
unique to *The Lord of the Rings Online* experience."

*NEW FEATURES:***

Ø *Speak Friend, and Enter* -- Moria, called Khazad-dûm by the dwarves,
was their capital and the grandest of cities. This enormous underground
cavern in north-western Middle-earth, comprises an immense network of
tunnels, chambers, mines and huge halls that run beneath and ultimately
through the Misty Mountains. For the first time, players of *The Lord of
the Rings Online* will enter this ancient city which has served as the
foundation for the modern-day dungeon-crawling adventures to battle the
hordes of goblins and the Nameless of the Deep and journey through
hundreds of new quests within six new kinds of stunning environments.

Ø *The Epic Continues!* *--- *The *Mines of Moria* represents the
beginning of Volume II of *The Lord of the Rings Online*. Players can
experience six new books as part of this update and participate in the
release of Durin's Bane, battle the Watcher, aid Galadriel and more!

Ø *Increased Level Cap **--- *Players will be able advance their
characters up to level 60, gaining access to new traits, virtues, skills
and class quests. The crafting system will also expand, giving players
the ability to craft even more powerful items.

Ø *Discover Two New Classes --- *The Rune-keeper and the Warden, the
first new classes to be introduced since the launch of the game, allow
players to build exciting and powerful new characters in *The Lord of
the Rings Online* in diverse new ways.

Ø *Forge Legendary Items* -- The *Mines of Moria *will introduce
Turbine's new item advancement system to *The Lord of the Rings Online*.
Players will be able to forge weapons and class-related equipment and
evolve them to build a legacy the likes of Bilbo's /Sting/ and
Gandalf's/ Glamdring/. These legendary weapons will level-up along with
the player, allowing customization by advancing the item's virtues,
adding runic legacies, modifying its titles and forming fables.

To celebrate this exciting news, Turbine and Codemasters also announced
today that they will kick off a major promotion that invites everyone to
unlock the *Mines of Moria* by visiting
http://www.unlocktheminesofmoria.com
. Visitors can learn more about
*Mines of Moria* and play special mini-games that will be periodically
released over the coming months. Certain players who participate can
complete special deeds through game play and other means to unlock
exclusive previews, assets and special in-game items that may help them
when they delve into Mines of Moria this fall. The Unlock the Mines of
Moria promotion is scheduled to begin at the end of this month.

*The Lord of the Rings Online* is an award-winning MMORPG that delivers
an 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 picturesque surroundings of the Shire to
Moria, the great underground realm, players will experience the world of
Middle-earth as never before. *The Lord of the Rings Online* is
available for purchase at major retailers across North America and
Europe. For more information or to download a free trial, visit
www.lotro.com or www.lotro-europe.com
.

*_About Turbine
_*Turbine, Inc. is the premier creator and operator of massive,
persistent online worlds that foster powerful social gaming communities.
Turbine has grown to become one of the largest privately-held online
gaming studios in North America. Turbine has created some of the world's
most popular and award-winning online games, including The Lord of the
Rings Online^(TM): Shadows of Angmar^(TM), Dungeons & Dragons Online®
and Asheron's Call®. 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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