Turbine has issued an announcement regarding the regional availability of their number one title. Just ahead of Lord of the Rings Online
second birthday, the folks over in Russia and Korea are now able to join in the Tolkien-inspired fun with new localized versions of the game. Pictured above are the logos for the two new regions, Korean on top and Russian underneath. Noticeably, the Korean logo is in the Mines of Moria
format that we've all become used to now, whereas the Russian logo takes after the original logo from vanilla LotRO
(Shadows of Angmar
). We aren't sure whether this means that Korea's LotRO
enabled and Russia's is not. Perhaps a couple of our readers could translate the sub-headings and shed some light on the issue (and yes, they did! See the comments for info).
Korean company NHN
is handling their region's version following a deal from December of 2007, and IT Territory
made a similar agreement to bring the game to Russia in January of 2008. Both of these companies made statements emphasizing their high expectations for the success of LotRO
in their respective markets, but the real test of that begins now.