Lord of the Rings Online #1 in US and Europe.

Turbine, Inc., Midway Games Inc. and Codemasters Online Gaming announced today that The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar is the #1 selling PC title across North America and Europe based on the most recent industry reports.  The Lord of the Rings Online has outsold all other PC games across North America, Germany, United Kingdom and France according to data from NPD (NA), Chart-Track (UK), GfK (France) and Media Control (Germany). 

Despite us panning the game (read our full review here), The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) has been well received by a number of media outlets and critics: 

“This outstanding start sets the stage for a bright future,” said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc.  “This is only the beginning as we embark on an incredible journey with our players to expand the world of Middle-earth with the release of regular content updates.”

“Following the most successful North American pre-order program in Midway’s history, The Lord of the Rings Online is off to a great start,” said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway.  “As the positive reports and reviews continue to come in, gamers are settling into the game and experiencing Middle-earth as never before.”

“The fabulous response from consumers and the media has been overwhelming,” said David Solari, Vice President and General Manager of Codemasters Online Gaming. “It’s been a great launch, but it’s only the beginning for us. We look forward to rapid growth and welcoming thousands more to Middle-earth!”

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