The first expansion to Lord of the Rings Online, the Mines of Moria, is quickly approaching a launch-ready state. For fans of the world of Tolkien, Turbine is offering a few final chances to enter into the Moria beta test. Interested players just need to navigate to the official Moria website, to enter their names into the hat. The official release calls for players to take up the banner, and quotes LotRO executive producer Jeffrey Steefel on his enthusiasm for the new content.

Said Steefel, "The Legendary Items system where players can craft unique and powerful weapons and armor that will grow in power and value is just one of the breakthrough features that will further establish The Lord of the Rings Online as one of the world's premium online games." You can find the full release below the cut, along with five new screenshots of the upcoming expansion. Also feel free to click through to our Moria gallery, which has the new screens as well as all of our previous great looks at the mine under the mountain.


THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™: MINES OF MORIA™ ENTERS FINAL STAGES OF BETA

Turbine Invites Players to Sign Up For Chance to Participate in Beta Program

WESTWOOD, MA – August 29, 2008 – Turbine, Inc. announced today that The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria has entered the final stages of its Beta Program and that players across North America and Europe are invited to sign up for a chance explore the dark majesty of the world beneath Middle-earth The Mines of Moria Beta Program is by invitation only and over time more and more players will be invited. Beginning today, players can register for a chance to participate in the Beta Program by visiting http://www.unlocktheminesofmoria.com.

"Mines of Moria extends the world of Middle-earth into the dark heart of the Misty Mountains where players will explore one of the largest underground worlds ever created. The Legendary Items system where players can craft unique and powerful weapons and armor that will grow in power and value is just one of the breakthrough features that will further establish The Lord of the Rings Online as one of the world's premium online games," said Jeffrey Steefel, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online. "Player enthusiasm continues to exceed our expectations at every milestone and we are very excited to enter this stage of our Beta Program and take the next major step toward our launch."




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