The LOTR Movie Site
September 27, 1999Details on Reorganization of Middle Earth Online
Those of you who visit this site regularly
probably already know that Sierra recently announced the halt and reorganization of Middle
Earth Online (the Internet RPG game they were working on) and the complete axing (no
pun intended) of Orcs: Revenge of the Ancient. Naturally, these two stunning
announcements have disturbed many fans. I myself was looking forward to seeing what Sierra
could come up with in terms of Tolkien RPGs.
According to several sources, the reason for the
reorganization of Middle Earth Online is to make it more mass-marketable. I
suppose this means that many of the traits we expected the game to have will be modified
or outright deleted. It's obvious that the department heads at Sierra don't realize the
potential here. Lord of the Rings is shaping up to be a true blockbuster.
Andre, a regular visitor to our site, recently e-mailed me
some excellent links to resources regarding both the cancellation of Orcs and the
reorganization of Middle Earth Online. I encourage you to read over some of this
Middle Earth Online FAQ
From Sierra's President
Save Middle Earth
Andre specifically requested that I encourage visitors to
sign the Save Middle Earth
Online Petition and let friends know about it as well. Perhaps if the entire Internet
community makes a big enough ruckus Sierra will reconsider its decisions which, I think
you'll all agree, are not wise! Thank you.