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Shadows of Angmar fall across the land

10/05/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Read the first details about The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, the first massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) based on the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar will allow players to forge heroic legacies in the War for Middle-Earth.

Gamers will experience an evolving recreation of Tolkien's fantasy realm where they can establish their reputations, and discover and wield legendary weapons in strategic battles, while adventuring solo or in Fellowships.

The game and service are expected to launch in 2006.

"We are thrilled to collaborate with Tolkien Enterprises to bring a compelling, authentic, world-class MMORPG to an audience that spans several generations and includes legions of devoted fans around the world," said Vijay Lakshman, vice president of production the games's developer Turbine. "We have engaged some of our finest creative and technical teams to deliver rich and diverse gameplay to online enthusiasts and fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's astounding and beloved world."

Formerly under development as The Lord of the Rings: Middle-Earth Online, The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar will be the first product and service resulting from Turbine's relationship with Tolkien Enterprises.

Under the agreement, Turbine has exclusive world-wide rights to develop and publish massively multiplayer online role playing games based on J.R.R. Tolkien's world-renowned literary works The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

To coincide with the new game's announcement, Turbine has launched a new web site for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar at http://lotro.turbine.com

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