[b] By: Scott Schopman[/b]
Not sick of Lord of the Rings yet you say? Well neither is [b]EA[/b] as they have just announced they have been granted the rights to develop games based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic literary fiction, [i]The Lord of the Rings[/i]. As you may all know, since 2001 [b]EA[/b] has been the developer of all the games based on the LOTR movies from Peter Jackson.
The two titles that [b]EA[/b] has announced officially with the license rights is [i]The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II[/i] for the PC and [i]The Lord of the Rings Tactics (working title)[/i] for the PSP.
“The new rights have unlocked the world of Middle-earth for The Lord of the Rings and strategy game fans alike. We’re building a deeper, richer, bigger game based on the #1 RTS from the previous holiday season in North America with new fantasy races, places, heroes, and battles from both the books and films,” said Mike Verdu, Senior Producer of The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth at EA.
[u]Game Info from [b]EA[/b][/u]
?The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II is the next PC installment to EA’s blockbuster The Lord of the Rings(TM) series of video games. The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II is a sequel to the critically acclaimed Real-time Strategy (RTS) game from EA Los Angeles, The Lord of the Rings(TM), The Battle for Middle-earth(TM). The newest The Lord of the Rings PC title will introduce players to depths of the fiction never before explored by EA, in accordance with an agreement with The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises that grants EA the rights to develop games based on the books, in addition to a separate agreement that allows for games based on the New Line films. Expanding on The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth, the new RTS game will allow players to engage in heated battles with Elven and Dwarven armies plus heroes and creatures that have never been seen in a The Lord of the Rings film.?
?The Lord of the Rings(TM) Tactics for the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R) Portable) system will put players in the universe of Middle-earth from the books and films and allow them to lead the Fellowship or take control of the forces of Shadow. The tactical strategy game features player-customized characters and a rich system of items, upgrades and skills. Players can guard their heroes, seize high ground, set ambushes and trap enemies while fighting battles across famous locations of the books and films to determine the future of Middle-earth. The Lord of the Rings Tactics will allow them to pit their customized heroes against up to four other players via WiFi. A unique, simultaneous turn-taking system allows for fast-paced play.?
Look back soon for more upcoming info an previews of these two titles and other [i] Lord of the Rings[/i] announcements from EA.