Since the first Star Wars game made in 1983 there have been many movie licenses, from the Super Star Wars trilogy to the abysmal James Bond Tommorow never dies. However if there is to be a Lord of the Rings game will it be just another movie license?
Unfortuanatly this may happen. The other movie games recently released look rushed and lack much depth. Remember the millions of star wars games after episode one that were over in a matter of hours?
Whoever manages to get the rights to the Lord of the Rings will have a chance to make make millions. But what kind of a game will it be? A platformer? The chances are slim as the story is not adequate for a platformer; all sources point to it being an RPG. Now who will buy that? There are millions of Lord of the Rings fans and there are millions of RPG fans.
The company needed to create this computer game will have to be skilled. The SNES version of J.J.R. Tolkiens LOTR (by Interplay) is an incredibly playable game even with the Final Fantasy series dominating the market.
I propose that the same company that made Final Fantasy sould make the greatest RPG ever using Lord of the Rings. Square Soft already has established their abilities and they have recently re-released Final Fantasy 6 in England to much success and rave reviews. However the Final Fantasty engine should not be used as it has already identified with Final Fantasy, and Lord of the Rings deservies its own engine.
My only hope is that whatever company does make the game does not give us games like Harry Potter, Star Wars Episode 1 or The Grinch. Lord of the Rings has a legacy of brilliance, let us hope the computer companies keep that legacy alive.