The LOTR Movie Site
September 9, 1999
Jeremiah Lewis, our resident journalist, has
once again come up with an excellent interview. This time the head of Platus Productions
answers some questions about their upcoming RPG game called The Trilogy.
Jeremiah: Thank you so much for
allowing us to talk with you about your new game. I'd like to begin by asking what the
impetus was for creating a Tolkien RPG? There have been many attempts in the past to
recreate or simulate Tolkien's world, and for the most part, these attempts have fallen
short, or deviated from true Tolkien mythos and storytelling. Will Platus Productions'
game be different?
Smeagol88: You're welcome! =) Basically, I've been a huge fan
of Tolkien's works and decided to play around with making a game based on the books. I got
farther than expected and went ahead and posted it on the net. People started to inquire
about helping out and it just grew from there! Yes, there have been many attempts at
recreating Tolkien's world. It is my hope that the Platus game is successful in doing
this. It is my guess that everyone is never satisfied, but we will strive to make as many
people happy as we can.
Jeremiah: Will the game tie in with the
movies in any way? For instance, will plot be similar, or characters added or reduced?
Smeagol88: The game is not related to the movies in any way, and we are basing everything
on the actual books.
Jeremiah: In terms of style, what will this game look like? Will it
be similar to Final Fantasy, or will it be a 3D game, or will it incorporate aspects of
Smeagol88: It will be a 2D game, but will have semi realistic graphics and possibly some
rendered parts, that has still to be decided.
Jeremiah: How do you think your game measures up (or will measure up
to) the games being produced synchronously by Sierra (Middle-Earth and Orcs:
Revenge of the Ancient)?
Smeagol88: Being that The Trilogy is a hobby game made by people around that internet, the
game will not exactly be professionally done. Sierra's games will definitely be fun, but
we are doing what most Tolkien gamers are looking for: to play as your favorite characters
from the books through The Lord of the Rings. Interplay did it with much success (in my
opinion), but it was simply never finished. We want people to be able to experience the
books through a fun and enternaining game.
Jeremiah: As a final question, when will this game be released, and
how much publicity do you plan on using for its release?
Smeagol88: I am not sure of the release date, but we will try to get it out before the
movies. The amount of publicity depends on our success with Tolkien Enterprises and
Jeremiah: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these
questions. We all look forward to seeing more surprises by your team!
Smeagol88: Thanks for having me! I look forward to the release as much as everyone else!
For more information on the upcoming game, as well as details
on how you can beta test, please visit the Platus
Productions web site.