IGN Interviews "Lord of the Rings Tactics" Lead Game Designer
IGN: How did the Lord of the Rings: Tactics project begin?
Jeff Lind: We've been toying with this idea for a few years now. We consider Lord of the Rings to be a great RPG franchise, and one thing that lots of successful RPG franchises have is Tactics games. The PSP created just the perfect platform for what we had in mind, so that really spurred us to go ahead and build it.
IGN: At what point in the Lord of the Rings timeline does Tactics take place?
Jeff Lind: It takes place across all 3 movies and books and covers the entire War of the Ring.
IGN: For those who may not know, can you quickly discuss what Tactics 101 is all about?
Jeff Lind: Tactics games are turn-based RPG strategy games. The actual gameplay is kind of like a super-action version of chess. Instead of just being able to do one thing, every piece has a wide variety of moves and attacks it can do. And instead of moving only one piece per turn you get to move every piece on the board every turn. And you don't have to wait for your opponent to make his move, you give your orders at the same time.
IGN: Without spoiling too much, can you discuss which new plotlines and characters in Tactics are from Tolkien literature and not from the recent film trilogy?
Jeff Lind: Well, for this game we're excited about the giving the player the ability to play as the Host of Mordor. That's not a plotline from either the books or the movies, but it's something that we've been wanting to do for a long time. We think it plays out in a really interesting way. In this game we will also allow the player to use combinations of characters that didn't necessarily appear in the films and to take some of the heroes to places they didn't go in the films. Want to stage a battle between Aragorn and the Witch-king? Go ahead. Wonder how Frodo and Sam would have fared at Helm's Deep? Try it out. But this game is just the beginning of what can be done. The books contain an enormous trove of great characters, events and places to explore.