The world of Lord of the Rings has lived on since quite a while now. Adapting the books in many featured films, J R R Tolkien’s world was even reconstructed in the gaming world when games like The Lord of the Rings: War in the North and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor came out. Now, another step was taken by Asmodee Digital and Fantasy Flight Interactive as they announced that The Lord of the Rings™: Living Card Game™ will be available in Early Access on Steam for PC and Mac on August 28, 2018.
Although the early release will be a single player game only, a cooperative multiplayer mode will be added in times to come. The game itself is inspired by The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, a Living Card Game® from Fantasy Flight Games, taking good features from it and including some new innovative ones such as
- An intuitive user interface
- Unique and fully detailed environments depicting the world of Middle-earth
- Fully-narrated story interludes
- Branching narrative paths based on player choices
- Visual and audio effects tied to every hero, card, and action
- A dynamic AI that adapts to player’s triumphs—and mistakes
“We created a game inspired by the classic original tabletop card game and wanted to capture the unique spirit of that game while still being approachable to new players,” said Tim Gerritsen, Head of Fantasy Flight Interactive. “In going digital, we captured much of the excitement and tension of the original game while automating the bookkeeping. This allowed us to explore new avenues that are unique to the digital experience and create a whole new game set in the fantastic world of Middle-earth.”
The early access game is now available in three Founder’s packs:
- The Shire Pack ($7.99)
- The Steward of Gandor Pack ($15.99)
- The Istari Pack ($29.99)
Alternatively, players may also choose to bundle all these together and get the MITHRIL™ Founder’s Pack Bundle for $47.99.