The New Lord of the Rings Game: Say “Hello” to Your Precious
Fans of the LOTR franchise are surely in for a treat as a New Lord of the Rings game is in the works. Say hello to your new precious!
Not to be confused with Lord of the Rings Online (2007)—this upcoming release will be brought to us by Athlon Games, renowned makers of quality free-to-play titles both for console and PC. As LOTR already has a solid fanbase to bank on, there’s sure to be a throng of players brimming with anticipation for its release.
What should I know about the New Lords of the Rings Game?
It’s more than your average Tolkien spinoff. As of press time, developers of the game are already boldly proclaiming that even long-time fans of the LOTR franchise will be able to explore a different kind of Middle Earth; one that’s complete with characters and creatures the likes of which you have never laid your eyes upon. That sure sounds enticing! However, let’s be real. Every major developer says pretty much the same thing about an upcoming release. Will this game live up to the promise, or will it fall short? We’ll just have to see until it gets released. Our money’s on the former as it would take a major screw-up to drop the proverbial ball on a game with a story as rich as LOTR.
What makes this one different?
In six words: Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. This new game is set to take the franchise deeper into the waters of MMORPG. There have been numerous titles released under the LOTR name, but only one other was a full-fledged MMO. And though the current one’s well over a decade old, some could still argue that can still hold its own weight in today’s MMO arena. So the question that begs for an answer is this: Is it really necessary to make another game when there’s (arguably) still life in the old one?
The truth is that there has been quality of life improvements in the MMORPG arena that have evolved from various titles and revolutionized the genre over the past ten years. One solid example that comes to mind would be the Party Finder feature. Though introduced by WoW, it was a concept that was adopted and further improved upon by FFXIV by giving it a visual (bulletin board) approach complete with added filters like level range, character classes, and language settings. Such improvements transition from game to game and give an evolutionary twist to MMORPG. Subsequent titles then adapt them to turn into their own—with a few unique twists thrown here and there. On that note, this new release can definitely stretch the expanse of Middle Earth in ways that its predecessor never could. After all, there are limits to a decade-old game—no matter how much you augment it with constant updates.
Is this one MMORPG enough to rule them all?
The smart money would point to a resounding “yes”, and the Tolkien faithful will be thankful for it—it’s about time a worthy video game interpretation of LOTR got served to the masses. The good thing about franchises as massive as Lord of the Rings is that they are so rich in lore that creating stories to fill the gaps, be they prequels, sequels comes so easily. Case in point: Star Wars. There are always more stories to come, and there are always newer, grander adventures for fans to embark upon. And that’s exactly the power that the new Lord of the Rings game holds. Much like the saying goes, “One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them”, this one game has the potential to dominate the MMORPG world altogether.
Stay tuned for the latest updates on this game.
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