LOTR Boss Talks Games And The Advantage Tolkien Has Over Marvel

Between Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the trilogy that Jackson made out of The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien’s best-known works have already been adapted as films. But as revealed earlier this month, there are more LOTR movies on the way. The first new live-action film, The Hunt For Gollum, will be directed by Andy Serkis, who will also reprise his role as Gollum. With the resurgence of the franchise on the big screen, the LOTR video games are also going to play larger role in the future.

Embracer Freemode CEO Lee Guinchard recently spoke with VentureBeat about the company’s plans for LOTR video games, games, and the site reported, “games are going to be made to fully explore the new universe being created, and games will be considered as hugely important in the Middle-earth entertainment of the future.”

“I think Tolkien has already set the stage for Middle-earth, and all the tales and all the beginnings, the tribulations, the drama,” said Guinchard. “They’re all set up in a fully fleshed-out world. Marvel came from comic books, so there was a lot of work to do to make the lore for the movies. You start to visualize Middle-earth in your own way. When you see the animated films, and some of the Peter Jackson, which wasn’t actually what I imagined, I was still quite happy to. It’s already preset, down on paper in the written word. The interesting thing is how we go and tell the story in the future for these new media like video games and all of this new technology for how people immerse themselves in worlds. That’s where I’m super interested.”

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