Turbine takes over European operations of Lord of the Rings offline

Come June 1 the original developers of The Lord of the Rings Online will assume full control of the game, taking over European operations of the MMORPG. They’re taking over from Codemasters Online, the original team that took care of the region. Turbine thanked Codemasters for their outstanding service over the past few years.

“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.”

LOTRO went free to play a good while back and has been reported to be doing pretty well ever since.