Starting June 1, Turbine will relieve Codemasters Online of all duties pertaining to Lord of the Rings Online in Europe. At that time, Turbine will merge its US and EU branches into one "mega-service" called LOTRO Global Service. Turbine expects there to be a bit of downtime for the game during this transition and will offer exact details on that at a later date. Additionally, EU players will need to migrate their account on over to the new service -- exact details on how to do so are forthcoming.

Turbine has published a pretty extensive FAQ on how this will all go down, so if you're currently using the Codemasters Online service in Europe, you'll definitely want to head on over and give it a read. Full press release is just past the jump.
Show full PR text
Turbine TO ASSUME OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™ IN EUROPE

NEEDHAM, MA – APRIL 26, 2011 -- Turbine announced today that it will be expanding its global operations and will assume full control of The Lord of the Rings Online™ (LOTRO) in Europe beginning June 1, 2011. As part of this transition, Codemasters Online will continue to operate the European LOTRO service until June 1st when the existing European players will begin the migration to Turbine's global service. For more information on the transition, please visit: http://www.lotro.com/news/latestnews/1157.

"We are working very closely with our partner Codemasters Online to facilitate a smooth transition to our new global service. We will be providing free account transfers to our new global service and players will be notified when the transfer utility is available," said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online. "We thank Codemasters for the outstanding job they have done publishing and operating LOTRO and we look forward to continuing to deliver one of the world's best online entertainment experiences to the gamers of Europe."

"After 4 years of successful publishing and operations we are proud to be handing over a vibrant and healthy service to Turbine," said David Solari, Vice President and General Manager of Codemasters Online. "I'd like to thank our many customers over the years for their commitment and look forward to bringing more service-based entertainment to them in the future."

The Lord of the Rings Online is the ultimate 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 famous fantasy of all time. From the picturesque surroundings of the Shire to Moria, the most fearsome underground realm ever imagined, players can experience the world of Middle-earth for free! For more information, visit www.lotro.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.