The Lord Of The Rings: The Third Age
EA announces a new RPG based on the movie trilogy to be released for all consoles.

- Electronic Arts unveiled today The Lord Of The Rings: The Third Age, a role-playing game based on New Line Cinema and Peter Jackson's film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The game, scheduled for a late 2004 release, is currently under development for Playstation 2, GameCube, GameBoy Advance, and Xbox.

The game is being developed by EA's Redwood Shores studio, the same behind The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King game; the GameBoy Advance version is being developed by Amaze Entertainment and Griptonite.

In the game, players will take the roles of new characters that must adventure through Middle-earth following their own epic quest in the same timeframe spanned by the original trilogy. During the game, players will have to build a party of heroes and interact with the trilogy's main heroes and villains - in fact, the game quests will intersect the major events of the film trilogy, thus driving the story forward.

Your party will start battling on the side of the Fellowship of the Ring, but additional encounters can be unlocked that eventually will let you fight on the side of Sauron. The game, according to EA, uses an innovative turn-based battle system; players will have to face enemies like the demonic Balrog in the depths of Moria, defend the fallen city of Osgiliath, or try to destroy Helm's Deep.

Unfortunately, nothing more was unveiled about the game. Anyhow, we have six beautiful screenshots available for you in our The Lord Of The Rings: The Third Age gallery. Take a special look at the one with the Balrog, and keep an eye on for updates!

For more information on EA's The Lord of the Rings games, visit the official franchise website.

(Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2004, 4:48PM GMT)

- Harry

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