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The Lord of the Rings: The White Council Announced

This press release announces The Lord of the Rings: The White Council, an RPG that's planned for release on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 late next year that's based on the LotR movie series. The game is being overseen by EA's Steve Gray, and is presumably the project that's previously been teased under the working title Project Gray Company (story). Here's the announcement:

CHERTSEY, UK July 13, 2006 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today the development of The Lord of the Rings™, The White Council™, an all-new role playing game (RPG) for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and PC. The game, inspired by the New Line Cinema feature film trilogy that grossed more than $3 billion, will feature an original storyline derived from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novels under an agreement with EA. The game is scheduled to ship in late 2007.

“Our extremely talented and dedicated team is committed to creating an incredible new experience for fans of The Lord of the Rings and role playing gamers,” said Steve Gray, executive producer, The Lord of the Rings, The White Council. “With its next generation gameplay and epic new storyline, we think The Lord of the Rings, The White Council will be a huge success.” Players have the freedom to explore the open world of Tolkien’s Middle-earth™ in The Lord of the Rings, The White Council.

Players can choose their role as a man, an elf, a dwarf, or a hobbit. Each role’s destiny is to become a hero allied with the White Council, whose members include the famed characters Gandalf, Saruman, Galadriel, and Elrond.

A combination of stunning graphics and expansive environments, along with the freedom of movement demonstrates the innovation and quality of the next-generation RPG, where players can create their own adventures. The Lord of the Rings, The White Council has not yet been rated by PEGI. For more information about the game, please visit: www.whitecouncil.ea.com.

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21. Re: wow... Jul 14, 2006, 09:05 nin
 
I've bought a DS but don't have WiFi at home...what is for me, the best way to play games with friends who live a good distance away?
I saw WiFi USB stick advertised that you can plug in the the back of your PC and voila! You can play online...or do I have to find hotspots?


Assuming you have high speed cable or DSL, the USB adapter was designed for cases like yours. It uses the network connection of whatever pc you have it plugged into. There's an app (after you install the drivers/program)in the system tray that you grant access for each DS (up to 5).



Is it possible to hitch along other, open, WiFi networks?

You bet. If your DS sees more than one wireless network it can connect to, it should prompt you to pick one...

I have wireless, but my network is WPA, which the DS does not support. The USB adapter is also supposed to work for me...and I'm hoping it does.



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20. Re: wow... Jul 14, 2006, 04:47 Fillem
 
Since this seems like an ok place to ask

I've bought a DS but don't have WiFi at home...what is for me, the best way to play games with friends who live a good distance away?
I saw WiFi USB stick advertised that you can plug in the the back of your PC and voila! You can play online...or do I have to find hotspots?

Is it possible to hitch along other, open, WiFi networks?
 
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19. Re: That link...wow, something went wrong :) Jul 14, 2006, 03:08 CJ_Parker
 
That's what you get for "Jesus h christ on a pogo stick!"

 
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18. That link...wow, something went wrong :) Jul 13, 2006, 20:32 MacD
 
Talk about retarded! I click the linky, 'cause the game actually sounds interesting...and http://www.whitecouncil.ea.com/ goes to a page filled with ONLY EA sports games!

Jesus h christ on a pogo stick! I know it's silly, but that just pisses me off! It's a perfectly good redirect for the game page, and I have to see the EA sports catalogue? WTF are those idiots thinking? Not even a link to the game which I obviously am there to have a look at, but freaking sports games?!?!?

Someone over at EA should be shot. Make that someoneS.

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Huh? Something wierd happened!? For some reason I somehow posted half my post, and I did it as 'everyone'? Can't edit it either....Strange...

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even stranger, this 'everyone' actually has a post history! Heh...how about that...


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17. The link! My eyes! Jul 13, 2006, 20:28 everyone
 
Talk about retarded! I click teh linky, 'cause the game actually sounds interesting...and http://www.whitecouncil.ea.com/ goes to a page filled with ONLY EA sports games!

Jesus h christ on a pogo stick! ow it

 
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16. Re: wow... Jul 13, 2006, 19:19 TangledThorns
 
This could be cool.

 
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15. Re: wow... Jul 13, 2006, 17:59 Swerv
 
Oh well, if it is good at least it will help me avoid wasting money on the mmo.

 
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14. wow... Jul 13, 2006, 17:45 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Maybe I'm just easily persuaded, but this game sounds so next-generation and innovative... and umm... and epic. Yeah.. it's gonna be sweet.

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13. No subject Jul 13, 2006, 17:45 Shadowcat
 
...will feature an original storyline derived from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novels under an agreement with EA
I smell doom.

 
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12. Re: No subject Jul 13, 2006, 16:36 nin
 
nin, if you get the time check out mario & luigi partners in time. pretty fine game. I think i had around 25 hours of game time at the end. a small handful of those hours may have been idle but it still made a long game

I'll add it to the list, but right now the list is pretty long. I'm also digging out a few Advance games I haven't touched since last year or so...Final Fantasy 1+2 looks like it may keep me busy...

I'd seen M&L in stores and it was on the "maybe" list with Animal Crossing and Mario Kart. And I finally broke down and bought MK last weekend, after I read a review saying battle mode was back and it supported bots (I don't remember it being in the Advance version, which seemed to concentrate more on racing than battle, which kinda made me lose interest).

edit: We should start a location somewhere where we could add friend codes for the DS...but I still need to get the USB adapter, since I don't want to take my wireless network from WPA to WEP...




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11. Re: No subject Jul 13, 2006, 16:28 ExcessDan
 
nin, if you get the time check out mario & luigi partners in time. pretty fine game. I think i had around 25 hours of game time at the end. a small handful of those hours may have been idle but it still made a long game

oh and i look forward to a demo of this new LotR game. didnt get an RPG LotR game on the PC last time they released one.

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10. Re: No subject Jul 13, 2006, 16:13 ExcessDan
 
And Dan, how often are you online w/ the DS? I've got Hunters and even broke down and bought Mario Kart. Still on the fence over Animal Crossing...

not very often... i could be if i knew people that wanted to play though. recently i found a hot spot in front of the office building i work in so ive been trying to get down there at lunch to get a couple quick games of tetris off.

the thing about animal crossing... theres no option to find players to play with.. you have to have friends give you their friends codes. if you're buying it to play online that is trouble. luckily for me i believe my sister is getting a ds for her birthday next month and i know of a certain brother that could send her a copy of the game so he could finally play AC online.


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9. Re: No subject Jul 13, 2006, 15:55 Zephalephelah
 
Because they don't know what we care about.

 
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8. Re: No subject Jul 13, 2006, 15:38  cliffski 
 
why do these press-release kids think we care that the movies made X billion? I dont care about that. Is it a good game, thats all that matters.  
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7. Re: No subject Jul 13, 2006, 14:24 nin
 
EDIT: WHERE'S THE WII VERSION!?


I could just see EA trying to have Gandolph (spelling however) Frodo and Sam storming Omaha Beach...and hey! Gollum would be your stealth/spy unit!

And Dan, how often are you online w/ the DS? I've got Hunters and even broke down and bought Mario Kart. Still on the fence over Animal Crossing...



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6. Re: No subject Jul 13, 2006, 14:19 Swerv
 
I hope it's a 'proper' rpg and not some action-hack thing which doesn't resemble an rpg in any way.

 
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5. Re: No subject Jul 13, 2006, 14:16 ExcessDan
 
No. What was it again?

My coworker is telling me it was "The Third Age" and it was terrible. Looks good to me though and it got an 8.5 on IGN.

EDIT: WHERE'S THE WII VERSION!?

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4. Re: No subject Jul 13, 2006, 13:23 Fion
 
I'm willing to give it a shot. The whole 'openly explore the lands of middle-earth' is something that hasn't been done to death, so thats a plus.

EA's involvment cancels out that plus :p

I'll wait and see what happens. Nobody has been able to do LotR even remotely right, besides the Battle for Middle Earth games.

Not that I'm all that hyped yet. But we'll see.

 
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3. Re: No subject Jul 13, 2006, 12:46 MindTrigger
 
Sounds lame.


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He cut the possum's face off then cut around the eye socket. In the center of the belt buckle, where the possum's eye would be, he has placed a small piece of wood from his old '52 Ford's home made railroad tie bumper. Damn, he misses that truck.
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2. Re: No subject Jul 13, 2006, 12:28 Angelspit
 
No. What was it again?

In any case, The Return of the King was a good time-waster in coop.

 
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