July 8, 1999
Platus Productions to Develop
The Trilogy is an RPG game being
developed by Platus Productions (Freestyle, gaming designers) and will be an RPG/adventure
game. We have pondered over many times on how to incorporate the exact storyline into the
game and add surprises to those who've read it while still staying true to Tolkien's
masterpiece. The result is this: an RPG game that can be played through the stories
exactly as they were, but allows the player to explore Middle-Earth locations not in some
of the stories (such as visiting Bree while playing The Hobbit section of the game).
These extra places will allow the player to
receive items and explore places that will yield rewards for those who take on these extra
challenges. So, overall the game will have main path that can be left and returned
to. Fighting will be similar to that of Final Fantasy 3 (basically turn-based) and all
familiar items will be included (such as mithril mail, lembas, athelas, etc.).
There will be many interesting puzzles you will
have to solve (similar to that of the King's Quest series) and standard RPG/adventure game
elements will be present (statistics, puzzles, trading items, vast cities, and
exploration). Beta testers will be needed, though it will probably be free for download
for those who want to try it out as well. Our web site will be up very soon and will
answer questions you may have.