Codemasters secures LOTR MMO

Turbine, Inc. charges Brit publisher with distributing Tolkien-based MMO throughout Europe.

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.

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22 comments
ghostpanther
ghostpanther

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.

joestierman
joestierman

lotr mmo... sounds fun, but how can anything beat WoW?

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

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.

SirFatalChaos
SirFatalChaos

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.

Reetesh
Reetesh

IT should be a Good one:D

Xanog1
Xanog1

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.

ghangiskhan1
ghangiskhan1

Wait, doesn't EA make all the LOTR games? I've never played Battle for Middle Earth, is that a MMORPG?

radiocreed
radiocreed

I think the market is saturated with MMO.

jman183
jman183

Man this game is going to KICK ASS!

Safe_Bet
Safe_Bet

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).

ghangiskhan1
ghangiskhan1

Cool, but I'm more into the LOTR action games. After Return of the King, I stopped playing them. (LOTR Games.)

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

the last LOTR rpg sucked. hope this one turns out to be good.

doomed51
doomed51

whats with all the MMO's suddenly?

revelations
revelations

yay for codemasters, my fav. under the radar develeper.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

WOHOO!!!!! IVE BEEN TRACKING THIS GAME FOR YEARS NOW (REALLY) awesome!!

Roughneck
Roughneck

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 ...

limpbizkit818
limpbizkit818

It could be good. Battle for middle earth was good so i dont see why this can not also be.

GyRo567
GyRo567

Most of these MMO games based off of other games/books/movies/whatever are doomed to fail from the start.

Nedemis
Nedemis

Ooo...could be good if they don't screw with the license too much... : )

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

It never ceases to amaze me how many hands games pass through before they arrive in ours.