I had them all, on various consoles, and just the other day myself and Hook writer Alfie Powell were reminiscing about them. He said he had to sell the Fellowship of the Ring on PS2 because he couldn’t work out how to get out of The Shire.
My lasting memory of them, however, is undoubtedly of The Two Towers on PS2. What a game. Obviously I’d always pick Legolas because he’s the coolest, but the level where you have to protect the door during the Battle For Helm’s Deep might be the most difficult level I’ve ever played.
There were plenty of other games that followed, including the sublime Battle For Middle Earth on PC, and then in all honesty I stopped playing them because life took over.
But fortunately, a new LOTR massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) is being developed by Amazon, and it sounds absolutely insane.
According to reports, the new video game will be a free-to-play adventure set in Middle-earth as ‘portrayed in The Lord of the Rings literary trilogy’- meaning it will be based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original books, not Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy.
As a fan of the books you have to say this is great news.
Furthermore, the new MMORPG will reportedly be set in the Second Age, before the events of The Hobbit and the LOTR take place.
In a statement, Amazon Game Studios VP Christoph Hartmann said: “Tolkien’s Middle-earth is one of the richest fictional worlds in history, and it gives our team of experienced MMO developers – from the same studio developing New World – tremendous opportunity to play and create.”
Of course, the Amazon/LOTR doesn’t stop there, as there’s a TV series in the works.
Not much is known about it except that it’s going to be the most expensive TV show of all time, costing £1 billion to make, and that by the looks of things, it takes place in the Second Age.
What we do know is that, per Variety, Bryan Cogman – of Game Of Thrones fame – has been brought in as a script consultant as we edge closer to production.
Cogman previously wrote eleven episodes of Game of Thrones including Stormborn and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
Speaking to the Daily Record, an insider said:
“Lord of the Rings producers are hoping to start filming at the new studio from about August to November.
A lot of arrangements are already in place. All that remains now is for it to be up and running in time – so the clock is ticking.
It’s anticipated production will return for another three months from next March (2020). There could be more after that. It’s a massive contract and a gigantic boost for the studio and for Scotland.”
As for the plot though, hardly anything is known.
Until recently, a lot of people assumed the series would be based on the life of a young Aragorn, however I’m happy to report that it’s looking a lot like it’s not.
So it’s based on the Second Age, which is known primarily for the foundation of Numenor, Khazad-dum, and Rivendell, as well as the forging of the rings and One Ring, which coincides with Sauron’s rise to power. Obviously this leads to the likes of the Ringwraiths coming into the fray and ultimately Isildur getting the ring.
Exciting stuff, now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to watch this 45 minute play through of the Mines Of The Moria level in The Battle For Middle Earth.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.