Turbine and Midway has announced that The Lord of the Rings Online:
Shadows of Angmar (LOTRO) has officially entered Beta in North America.

Codemasters Online Gaming is pleased to announce the simultaneous launch of Pre-Beta in Europe.

This Beta is by invitation only however Codemasters has said that over time more and more players will be invited. Fans can continue to register to join the Beta programme by visiting http://www.lotro-europe.com for the European programme.

"The response to the LOTRO Alpha was overwhelming", said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. "The Alpha was oversubscribed and the Beta programme is on a record-setting pace with nearly 200,000 players already registered."

The first and only massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) based on the literary works of J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Online allows players to write their own stories in Middle-earth.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar lets players join in an epic adventure - exploring a massive online world while defending the lands of Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.