Shadows of Angmar are set to fall across Europe, thanks to a deal announced today by Turbine, Inc. that will see the developer's PC massively multiplayer online Lord of the Rings game distributed and supported in the continent by Codemasters. The UK-based publisher is also handling European support for Turbine's Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. Shadows of Angmar was originally announced as Middle-earth Online in 2003, and was at the time set to be published by VU Games. Last March, Turbine announced that it had acquired the rights to the game and was going to self-publish it, but the studio has since backed off of that goal, having enlisted Midway Games as a North American copublisher for the game. The Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar is expected to see a North American release in May of this year.
Codemasters secures LOTR MMO
Turbine, Inc. charges Brit publisher with distributing Tolkien-based MMO throughout Europe.
by Brendan Sinclair on
GAH, they just don't get it..... The ubiquity of the EA published Lord of the Rings games has cemented its franchise with the material. I think Turbine is going to have a very difficult time trying to sway people away from games that use the Peter Jackson inspired visuals, sounds and other movie material. Like it or not, when people think about Lord of the Rings, the movie adaptation comes to mind immediately. And that includes in the game world. This is going to be a hard sell.
tolkein is one of the original inspirations for role playing so it is only fitting that there should be a mmo, the problem is, do you guys think they are making a LOTR MMO because they have a good gameplay idea, or because of the popularity of the lincense right now.
It's made from Turbine which they made the best game ever, Asheron's Call, so no doubt this is going to be awesome. To bad I'm playing WoW now.
Hopefully this turns out good, but the fact that Turbine is working on it, and that games based on other media haven't equalled their sources seems to make me think it'll be bad.
Wait, doesn't EA make all the LOTR games? I've never played Battle for Middle Earth, is that a MMORPG?
World of Warcraft is pulling in so many players/money they have the rest of the industry drooling at the mere thought of having a succesful MMO. Getting a "great" MMO on Consoles would be nice (hint).
Cool, but I'm more into the LOTR action games. After Return of the King, I stopped playing them. (LOTR Games.)
Hmmmm ... Turbine better pull this one off. I can't imagine they'd close the AC2 servers if they weren't a bit strapped for dough. We know they've got the art direction, but do they have the content creation skills? Time will tell ...
Most of these MMO games based off of other games/books/movies/whatever are doomed to fail from the start.