New Lord of the Rings RPG revealed?

Interview with EA developer appears to confirm existence of new role-playing game set in Middle-earth.

While the Lord of the Rings films were raking in billions of dollars in theaters, Electronic Arts also cashed in with its various Middle-earth game tie-ins. But although the publisher released solid action and strategy titles based on the movie trilogy, it somewhat neglected the role-playing category. Lord of the Rings: The Third Age, was a Final Fantasy X-esque action RPG that did not satisfy genre purists hoping for a more orthodox, Dungeons and Dragons-style title.

Now, it appears that EA is prepping a second RPG based on Lord of the Rings. In an interview with his former employers at 3D Realms, developer Jim Norwood revealed that he is at work on a new LOTR title at his current gig at EA. "I'm currently on Lord of the Rings: The White Council at EA as a software engineer," he told 3D Realms. "It's a new RPG game. That's all public information, so feel free to look it up on the internet or EA's website."

However, it appears Norwood may have spoken too soon, as EA's Web site has no product listing for Lord of the Rings: The White Council. As of press time, the publisher had not yet announced the game, and did not answer requests to comment on it.

While EA has released no details on Lord of the Rings: The White Council, its title gives a small clue to its content--if the game does indeed exist. In J.R.R. Tolkien's original Rings novels, the White Council was the body convened to stop everyone's favorite dark lord, Sauron, from reacquiring the One Ring. Originally headed by the wizard Saruman before he became evil, The White Council also included the wizard Gandalf.

GameSpot will have more details on Lord of the Rings: The White Council when--or if--they emerge.

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peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i wont care if it is as boring as the third age

snowman_rob
snowman_rob

Maybe if this time it didn't directly follow the plot of the books/movies.

juvi_gt
juvi_gt

when i think of an rpgs, final fantasy comes to mind. So I hope this game is turn-based, cause i like turn-based rpgs

gdogg4210
gdogg4210

Enough Lord of the Rings already

EliteSoldier1
EliteSoldier1

EA will just mess it up so Im not getting excited about it.

deltacotton
deltacotton

finally, a 'real' rpg based on lord of the rings, not some more of that action rpg junk that i refuse to buy. i hope they do it right!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

If it doesn't suck, then I'm all for it.

Viquist
Viquist

I love the books and bought the extended versions of the movies... but the games were never that interesting to me

Timstuff
Timstuff

Awesome. One of my favorite LOTR games to this day is Interplay's LOTR RPG. I remember playing that game for hours on end searching for every little sub-quest and trying to find the coolest weapons. Off-the-leash gaming at it's finest. Hopefully this time around, EA will deliver the goods!

snippey
snippey

Hopefully this game is going to be cooler then the last one

RobertBowen
RobertBowen

Will they make a decent RPG this time? Maybe they should hire Bioware instead.

ewjim
ewjim

They "don't have enough" of FIVE (or soon six) LOTR's?!

AceRampage
AceRampage

Cool... Making everyone's favourite game into a rpg... Hope that you can play as a created character too... Or the stories going to be locked...

brianwh
brianwh

Quote: "...Lord of the Rings: The Third Age, was a Final Fantasy X-esque action RPG..." Action RPG? With all due respect, LotR:TTA was a _turn-based_ RPG, as was FFX.

azizrulez
azizrulez

do we really need another LOTR RPG

kapadiajatin
kapadiajatin

It would be better if they include the characters from the movie. I didnt like the first game because the new characters were not appealing enough to like them.

Bladex2k
Bladex2k

yea rotk was their best game yet

Nostradennis
Nostradennis

Darn, I was hoping for a "Return of the King" type sequel. That game was awesome.

wytefang
wytefang

Hopefully it'll be a PC only title, or if it's for all systems, one can only hope that they'll make the game to play to each system's strengths, not pawn off a crappy console port to the PC gamers out here...

MWRHC
MWRHC

I don't care what it's on! I just want my Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess!

Dutch_Mix
Dutch_Mix

Awesome. I hope its on the 360.

_habit_
_habit_

Personally I don't see how EA is all that bad, sure the only good series they have are the MoHs, but I don't think EA is _that_ bad. Either way I love LotR enough to ignore the fact that its EA or any other company for that matter.

matttrd
matttrd

Great news I would love a new LOTR RPG. I was even one of the few who actually enjoyed The Third Age as well. It would be great if it was a free roaming RPG but I doubt it.

PringerOtaku
PringerOtaku

Third Age was a bad experience. Very, very bland. I sure hope this is MUCH better. I agree with SF about EA, especially their RPG's.

SpiderFreak
SpiderFreak

If it's made by EA, I ussually won't buy it. Not to mention that I highly doubt this game will be good at all. SF

mjk1
mjk1

it should be good

fluffballNo1
fluffballNo1

Hopefully it will actually have you know, a story.

S7ATER
S7ATER

Hopefully this will take a new turn from the other ones and not just rehash the movies. Honestly I would like to see a new adventure.

dafireskull
dafireskull

Probably not ganna be as gud as Battle For Middle Earth 2 but i'd still buy it.

JudiMcJude
JudiMcJude

I like radagast..good ol' Radagast the Brown...bird lover...animal lover...wizard.

doomed51
doomed51

another bad game? stop it EA! stop ruining the franchise!

fore_runner
fore_runner

cool news, i like the lord of the rings, but have never been a big rpg fan.

GyRo567
GyRo567

The Third Age was like a crappy version of Final Fantasy, which is already purely there for the story... o_O Why in god's name would they try again?

Spartan4001
Spartan4001

Man, I've been pulling for a free-roaming RPG that lets you go anywhere in Middle-Earth for years. I hope this is it.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Sounds interesting, if it even exists... let's hope so.

Mit_Man
Mit_Man

Too bad this doesn't happen for more exciting titles like say, a new Mario or something.

dru26
dru26

This sounds pretty good , I hope they consider another action title spanning all 3 movies one day.

petrosteph
petrosteph

hopefully this game will knock some socks off this time