The Lord of the Rings, The White Council Impressions

EA gives us our first glimpse at this upcoming role-playing game set in Middle-earth.

EA announced The Lord of the Rings, The White Council just prior to its summer press event, but the company gave us our first look at this role-playing game at the event itself. The White Council is set approximately 80 years before the War of the Ring seen in Peter Jackson's movies, so this frees up the narrative. The designers no longer have to worry about tying the gameplay into the familiar story, so that means that players will be able to create their own characters and tell their own stories in Middle-earth.

We didn't get to see any gameplay, but EA showed off art montages showing a huge variety of locales in Middle-earth, both good and evil. We're told that the combat is going to try and blend the third-person action of games such as The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Return of the King with the tactical combat of games like The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age.

EA also showed off a trailer (narrated by what sounded like Ian McKellen in his Gandalf role again). The trailer consisted of prerendered footage that looked impressive, but we were told that is the "target" for the visuals in the game. Scenes in the trailer showed off a dragon sleeping on a mountain of gold in a cave (allusions to Smaug, the dragon in The Hobbit, perhaps?), as well as a hobbit battling a giant wolf, giants marching through a forest, a fellbeast flying over a Mordor castle, and a dwarf battling a dragon. In addition to McKellen's Gandalf, familiar characters like Elrond, Galadriel, and Saruman were seen and/or heard--each voiced by Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, and Christopher Lee, respectively, all speaking what seemed to be new dialogue.

It's still a bit early for full details on the game, but it's clear that even though the movie trilogy is two years in the past, EA is still committed to developing games based on The Lord of the Rings. We'll give you more details when we get them, but if you're a Tolkien fan or a role-playing fan, this is something to look forward to.

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151 comments
lipskid
lipskid

Would have liked to play this too bad

Sushi2009
Sushi2009

From the details looks like it would have been like The elder scrolls.

fratstratraz
fratstratraz

Sorry everyone, if it is not already known, this game was cancelled for many reasons that I am, well, to lazy to type out. Look it up though, you'll find out why!

ROGUEBEASTLY
ROGUEBEASTLY

Dang it I was excited till I saw Habast pointed it was in 06 I didnt even notice. That would have been a great game.

Habast
Habast

This game will probably never come out... shame... it looked great until I saw this was posted in 2006...

kickballer
kickballer

I wonder if I will be more like the books, the movies, or Oblivion...

barto_spiera
barto_spiera

sadly: keep dreaming about the game, it was put in the freezer in 2007. There's even an article about it on Gamespot (found that through the wikipedia page). It would be nice if Gamespot made that more clear themselves, instead of keeping us dreaming :)

0oMAGIKo0
0oMAGIKo0

thank god its just an rpg not another mmorpg

dareough
dareough

It's cool how they are doing before the rings and Tolkien's novels I've always wondered what Middle-Earth was before the rings and yes I know I'm a total nerd.

lindz23
lindz23

I hope its just like Oblivion!!!

Psycho_Pro
Psycho_Pro

This game is gonna blow the RPG fans.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Oblivion set in Middle Earth? Certainly a buy!

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

If they could make it like Bethesda's RPG's, I would be in heaven!

Cleaver426
Cleaver426

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iwojima9900
iwojima9900

sounds much better than LOTR Conquest

djmillard2
djmillard2

i'm still confused about what the combat is like

Spherious
Spherious

Looks pretty interesting and I agree with Jambajuice95 you will probably get good and evil choices that will shape how the game plays.

Rycarus
Rycarus

Maybe something like LotRo?

asteris_
asteris_

At last... A LORT role playing game.. It will be amazing to travel in Middle Earth

Jambajuice95
Jambajuice95

I wonder if you'll be able to make good and evil choices?

Artemios
Artemios

I have a vision of this game: a more improved TES IV Oblivion

MydogJack
MydogJack

It's about time they made an open world LOTR game. It better NOT be turn-based or I'm not touching it.

MGGREVIEWS
MGGREVIEWS

It might be late but you cant blame them for it considering that the game will have so much on it.

remy669
remy669

It may be a bit late, but still, I really don't mind that Lord of the Rings is still "alive". I even watch the movies again now and then.

jack_sparrow_28
jack_sparrow_28

It's a tad late, considering the movies ended a couple of years back, but this sounds like a cool idea. I hope you meet up with Gandalf or Elrond or anyone. I wonder if they'll get Morgan Freeman in to do a character's voice?

natethegreat440
natethegreat440

EA should take the time to do it right, but definately not cancel!!!

Artemios
Artemios

I can't wait!! Another PS3 game i'm looking forward too!! Reminds me a bit of KOTOR!!

Shishio817
Shishio817

They better not have canceled this game.

gashoe13
gashoe13

AWESOME!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!! XD

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

im waiting, i love RPG's where you make your own guy.

dark-zazo
dark-zazo

This is going to be great. Even the dudes who do not like the Lord of the rings (me) may enjoy this game case its not actually revolved around the JRR Tolkien's book, but a completely new storyline. The guy writes a book and movies come out of nowhere and thousands of games from just one storyline. How many times does Frodo have to burn the damn ring?

JingWarrior
JingWarrior

Jaidens right. The game play element in Oblivion is perfect. If they could only transfer this to a larger map of Middle Earth, add in a few well known locations and characters and stay away from EA's previous attempts, I'll be happy. Two Towers sucked. Return of the king got old fast and The third Age made you want to meet enemys in the world map for some action, and not be " transported to another plane".... I found the startling red eye to really blow my stone... lol P.S... if this is released, i'm going to go kick Beroyns Ass... He was a jerk ( the bear guy in The Hobbit)

hellpolice
hellpolice

This one has the potential to be on of the best LOTR games. I hope they use the same formula from ES Oblivion and improved upon it so it fits the world of LOTR and add more depth to it so it increase the hours of play.

DrBoriz
DrBoriz

@poophead: you just don't have de minimal clue about how much there can be done with LOTR universe... However, It would be fun if you could see baby aragorn (if you saw the Two Towers in extendend version and/or read the books, you know he's 82 at the time of the war of the ring),

confucioussayyo
confucioussayyo

Could you make yourself into a hybrid? Like a Marf(Man-Dwarf) or an Elbit(Elf-Hobbit)?

somedude242
somedude242

i've always wanted to play a Lord of the Rings Role Playing game so im very excited, this game sounds amazing

p00phead
p00phead

lotr games r getting old

Samfisher_1
Samfisher_1

yay! it will be awesome if you can choose what type of character you want to be....hobbit, elf, dwarf..man and so on!

Hicks_1
Hicks_1

so if is before the hobbit what the hell is in it

jasopan
jasopan

So is this going to be online; like Shadow of Angmar or is it just gonna be for single player? i reckon the specs. gonna be high... cant;t wait!