Traveller's Tales Will Include 85 Playable Characters in LEGO: The Lord of the RingsCategory: Gaming
Posted: August 17, 2012 01:35PM
Something as massive as The Lord of the Rings has many different characters in the story. When the books were adapted to the big screen, some of those characters had to be left on the cutting floor, because while diehard fans would have loved each movie to be nine hours, it just was not possible. The world of video games has no such restriction, and as such Traveller's Tales' LEGO: The Lord of the Rings video game will include 85 playable characters. That is an impressive number in itself, but it also means there will be far more characters playable in the game than there were present in the movies. Hopefully we will see Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin encounter Tom Bombadil since many people wished he could have been in the movies, or maybe we will see Glorfindel or even the sons of Elrond.
This LEGO version of The Lord of the Rings will be the definitive LotR experience, according to the developer. All the characters will use the dialog from the movies (if they were in the movie, that is), plus Traveller's Tales is using the Middle-Earth maps from J.R.R. Tolkien to accurately portray the world. Everything will be located exactly how Tolkien intended it to be, and fully explorable on horse or foot once it is unlocked. The studio decided to forego a hub world in favor of something far grander.
Traveller's Tales has a rather wide selection of characters to choose from, and I imagine some of the playable ones will be generic figures, like a Mordor orc or Gondor soldier. We will just have to see who makes the final cut when LEGO: The Lord of the Rings video game arrives later this year for the PC, PS3, PS Vita, 360, Wii, 3DS, and DS. You can check out the trailer from Gamescom below to whet your appetite until it arrives.