NewsWire: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Video Game First Look –

by May 1, 2003Games

 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King First Look – May 1, 2003

On December 17th of this year, Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema will sally forth and unfold the next chapter in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The previous installment, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, grossed almost $900 million worldwide and is currently fifth on the all-time blockbuster box-office chart.  An impressive number considering that the Fellowship of the Ring follows closely behind in seventh place with an 860 dollar income worldwide. The final chapter is looking to blow those numbers away, possibly being the first movie ever to gross 1 billion dollars.  About the time that The Two Towers was released, EA and Stormfront Studios produced a next-generation console game based on the successful movie license. Although the game didn’t receive much critical acclaim, it managed to generate considerable earnings for those lucky dudes at EA and the game did well on sales charts in Europe as well as the US. Now, Electronic Arts continues this hugely popular franchise, developing the game for the PC and the remaining next-generation consoles.

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.

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