Check out these matte paintings from The Two Towers by the artists who made them for the film.
Finally we can reveal that gamers will, for the first time ever, be able to take on the role of the giant Ent Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings: The Treason of Isengard. The thrill of towering over puny orcs and sending dozens of them to their doom with a single swipe of your tree-trunk-sized hand is too good to miss.
"Legendary composer Chance Thomas has lent his talents to Vivendi-Universal's entire Lord of the Rings lineup. We chat with Chance about his creations, a man that should now be called 'The Lord of the Music'..."
There are good arguments for not having any type of magic casting school in the game for players. After all, there are only the five Wizards. But there are other places that we find some magic and there is definitely item magic in the lore (the various magic blades, the Rings, even some of the more common elvish items exhibit what can be considered magical traits).
EA's second "The Lord of the Rings" action adventure game, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, will allow players to journey through multiple gameplay paths, taking control of the motion picture trilogy's heroes. Defend the walls of Minas Tirith as Gandalf, raise the Army of the Dead as Aragorn, Legolas, or Gimli, and with Frodo and Sam, deliver the ring to the fiery depths of Mount Doom.
A few years back Sierra was working on a Middle-earth online RPG. Now while the idea of a Middle-earth MMORPG excited me, I was still very skeptical. I've seen too many online games fail to live up to their potential, and just become another Everquest clone.
VU Games announced today that it has entered into a production agreement with Turbine Entertainment Software Corp. to develop "Middle-Earth Online," a massively multiplayer (MMP) game to launch in 2004.
"Both the movie and the game are going to follow some of the major events that were taken from the epic trilogy Lord of the Rings. Enthusiastic Tolkien-worshipers are no doubt well acquainted with the course of events that went on throughout the books. But, the storyline follows Tolkien's tales only to a certain degree, or to put it another way, the plot of the game will greatly depend on the movie adaptation..."
Well not only are we running a load of info on Universals' forthcoming trio of games (see main gaming page). We have also been sent some great shots of Electronic Arts' The Return of the King. Lots more information soon. The official press release follows...
The first real look at the RTS game developed by Liquid Entertainment, produced by Black Label Games, and distributed by VU Games.
Over the next 9 months several Tolkien related games will be released from several companies.