Turbine Unveils Volume II, Book 7 for The Lord of the Rings Online

March 17, 2009


Best Overall Game of 2008
Introduces New Content Update for Subscribers

Turbine, Inc. announced the details
of the latest major update for subscribers of The Lord of the Rings Online™:
Mines of Moria™ (LOTRO). Book 7: Leaves of Lrien is the latest of Turbine’s
frequent and substantial updates to the Best MMORPG of 2008**. Book 7 delivers
the next installment to the epic story for Volume II of LOTRO, a new 12-player
raid, major gameplay enhancements, the Spring Festival and access to the full
region of Lothlrien. Book 7: Leaves of Lrien will be available to subscribers
of The Lord of the Rings Online on March 17, 2009 in North America and March 24,
2009 in Europe.

“The launch of our first expansion,
Mines of Moria, has been a huge success and has firmly established the game as
one of the premier MMOs in the world,” said Jeffrey Steefel, Executive Producer
of The Lord of the Rings Online. “For nearly two years LOTRO has been one of the
fastest growing games in the industry and with Book 7 we continue to expand the
world with the expansion of Lothlrien, the legendary home of Galadriel and the
elves and the introduction of new tools and improvements based on player
feedback including a new Quest Guide and an enhanced new player experience.”


The Epic Journey Continues – The
first update to Volume II, Book 7 will take LOTRO’s unique storytelling to a
new level as it introduces a new reputation faction, the reclusive elves of
Lothlrien. Players will need to gain their trust in order to continue their
adventure. After earning their favor, players are reunited with the Fellowship
and begin a series of quests to root out the Orc influence within Moria ending
with a climactic battle against the forces of Mazog and an audience with
Celeborn and the Lady Galadriel back in their kingdom of Lothlrien.

New 12-player Raid – Book 7
introduces Strange Happenings, a new quest arc that begins deep within the
Waterworks of Moria. Players will need to team up to unravel a mystery
surrounding a newly revealed source of corruption in Moria, engaging in a
fierce battle with another monstrous threat to Middle-earth.

New Gameplay Enhancements – LOTRO
continues to augment its award-winning experience for players with major
improvements such as new daily solo quests for crafters that are very useful
and fun and a significantly revamped new player experience for the Dwarves,
Elves and Man races. Book 7 also introduces the new Quest Guide, a new set of
features designed to make navigating through Middle-earth easier and more fun
including a display of quest locations on both the mini-map and main map. The
Quest Guide will launch in Beta with the introduction of Book 7.

Celebrate the Spring Festival! –
The Spring Festival returns to Middle-earth from March 24th to April 7th. The
world will explode in celebration as the free people of Middle-earth ring in
the season with special decorations, festive costumes and special quests
including a challenging new hedge maze.

The Lord of the Rings Online is the
ultimate interactive adventure. This award-winning massively multiplayer online
role-playing game delivers an interactive experience brimming with life and
filled with the familiar people, places and monsters from the most beloved
fantasy of all time. From the picturesque surroundings of the Shire to Moria,
the most fearsome underground realm ever imagined, players will experience the
world of Middle-earth as never before. The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of
Moria Complete Edition, which includes the original game, The Lord of the Rings
Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ (Volume I), all content updates released since
launch, and Mines of Moria (Volume II) is now available for purchase at major
retailers across North America. For more information or to download a free
trial, visit www.lotro.com