Rumours and news - future Tolkien games
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to get the latest news and rumours about everyone and everything.
There are yet (January, 2002) no new games, even though the first
movie has been released. Latest news (December, 2001) is that
Electronic Arts have signed an
exclusive contract for games based on the movies. I have yet not found
out where that leaves Sierra, who used to have the license. There is
press release at EA's home page.
Other interesting news are summarized below. Please note that
not all games mentioned here may actually
come into being. Many are hobby projects and people have a tendency of
shifting priorities from time to time.
- January, 2000: Andrew
Broad has now finished his conversions of the classic platform games
Manic Miner and Jet
Set Willy (both originally released for the ZX Spectrum in the
80's) into Tolkien games, and almost immediately plans are announced to
convert the Manic Miner game to MS-DOS. See the respective game pages for
ManicMiner: The Hobbit and
Jet Set Willy: The Lord of the
Rings for further information.
- January, 2000: There is a new trilogy of freeware games called
Mines of Moria.
- January, 2000: Sergio Alvarez
has presented his game-in-development to a Games Prize. The platform will
be Windows 95/98 with Visual C++ 6.0 and DirectX 6.2 and it will be in the
style of Dark Sun. Señor Alvarez now has a
home page, although the games section
did not work last time I checked.
- January, 2000: Someone who calls himself Kramer
is developing a game based on The Hobbit in LTPB.
There is a downloadable
demo and an official
- August, 1999: A person who calls himself Gandalf
is developing several different Tolkien games. You can find more information,
as well as a beta version of a text adventure, on his home
- July, 1999: Gurthaur Entertainment
is creating a Warcraft II total conversion titled Warcraft II: War
of the Ring.
- March, 1999: A piece of sad news reaches me. Interplay has apparently
stopped production of new copies of their The
Lord of the Rings series. Thus, we now see a clear break between the
old generation of games (on licence from Tolkien Estate) and the new generation
(from Sierra Studios through Tolkien Enterprises).
- February, 1999: New beta version of the Windows freeware game The
Hobbit by Bryce Fitzsimons
can now be downloaded from its own page (link above). The author says the
final version should be ready before the end of 1999.
- December, 1998: The freeware game The
Trilogy is changing development platform to Multimedia Fusion,
which will allow much more advanced features. The game will be a RPG covering
The Hobbit through The Lord of the Rings. A beta version is
donwloadable from the page linked above.
- November, 1998: Matt Conner and
a friend of his are planning a RPG similar to Final Fantasy. They, like the
Polish group below, are looking for artists.
- November, 1998: A Polish group is working on a game which is going
to be based on The Lord of the Rings. The focus of the game may change
if the copyright matter cannot be resolved, however. The group (who is writing
the first version in Polish) is looking for another artist. Email Peengiel@Progres.Zabrze.Pl
if you are interested.
- September, 1998: Other freeware games are being designed by Felipe
Rocha Machado of Brazil. The games will be based on The Silmarillion
and the first will probably be some sort of adventure. The first version will
be in Portuguese. At least two games are planned at the time of writing.
- July, 1998: Development on the roguelike game Utumno
has stopped, possibly for all eternity. The last alpha version can still be
downloaded from the official home
- June, 1998: Mark Burlison
has plans for a Quake Total Conversion set in Middle-earth. See the
project page for more details.
- Andrew Robertson has
created the engine for a new freeware game for MS-DOS in the style of Ultima
6. The game may include some 3-D sections.
- J. M. Persaud has plans of
making a freeware Tolkien RPG with elements of Dungeon Master and Daggerfall
for Amiga and PC. It will be set in the fourth age and development has yet
- Robbie Baldock is working on a Java
version of the old board game War of the Ring. Like with so many other
games, copyright considerations may cause this effort to die an early death.
- There are always many new MUDs in the making. For further details about
the ones I know of, see the section about MUDs not yet open on the MUD
- I hear many rumours about scenarios in development for commercial games
such as Warlords II, Warlords
II Deluxe, Warcraft II,
Heroes of Might and Magic II and Civilization
II. Check the respective pages or the changes
page regularly for any new releases.
- Angband is constantly in development.
My own page is forever doomed to lag behind on the latest information, but
do take a look at Ben Harrison's official
This page will be updated as soon as I hear something new.
Have you heard any rumours? Do you have any information? Perhaps
even planning a game of your own? Do not hesitate to contact me so that others can share your
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