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EA Ships The Lord Of The Rings, The Two Towers

Published: Thu 7 Nov 2002 11:21 AM
EA Ships The Lord Of The Rings, The Two Towers
This year's most anticipated game out today!
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced the release of "The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers" video game for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system and Nintendo Game Boy Advance.
Electronic Arts (EA) also revealed plans to bring this highly-anticipated title to the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube next year.
** The only game based on the movie
Based on New Line Cinema's Academy Award-winning "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" and the upcoming second instalment, "The Two Towers," EA's "The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers" game will integrate cinema and gameplay to deliver an epic interactive experience. Players will be immersed into the roles of the film's main action heroes: Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli, with other members of the Fellowship taking an active role during gameplay.
** New Zealand gets in on the action
Through a close collaborative relationship with New Line Cinema and New Zealand's film production team Weta Digital, EA's The Two Towers game features actual sound effects from the films and voice-over from the real actors: Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), John Rhys-Davies (Gimli), and Ian McKellen (Gandalf). To add to the authenticity and to the cinematic experience, the game will feature over five hours of Howard Shore's Academy Award-winning musical score. The Two Towers video game also includes "never-before-seen" footage from the second installment of New Line Cinema's epic adventure, as well as exclusive interviews with the actors.
** Gameplay
Set in 13 stunningly detailed levels taken straight from the big screen, players must battle the evil forces of the Dark Lord Sauron in order to protect the Ring of Power and restore peace to Middle-earth. The Two Towers game features third-person action/adventure gameplay and a tactical combat system that includes speed attacks, ranged weapons, defensive parries and special combination moves designed to allow players to be strategic with their choice of character, weaponry and combat attacks. Throughout the journey, players will be rewarded with experience points that can be used to upgrade their character's abilities and weaponry.
EA's The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers PlayStation 2 video game is rated M15+ and carries an RRP of $129.95. The game is co-developed by EA's Redwood Shores Studio and Stormfront Studios. For more information on EA's The Lord of the Rings games, visit the official product website at: http://www.lordoftherings.ea.com.
Last year, New Line Cinema tapped EA as the exclusive interactive games licensee for the trilogy. The license grants EA the exclusive rights to develop and publish products based on the movies for next generation video game consoles, PC and handheld platforms.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" will be released in theatres nationwide on December 18, 2002. For more information about The Lord of the Rings, please go to http://doftherings.net.

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