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The Lord of the Rings Comes with Videogame

LEGO The Lord of the Rings is based on The Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy and follows the original storylines of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Now the entire family can team up in pairs as adorable LEGO The Lord the Rings minifigures to experience countless dangers, solve riddles and battle formidable foes on their journey to Mount Doom.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group have announced LEGO The Lord of the Rings, the latest addition to the LEGO videogame series that brings to life the legendary fantasy saga by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The game will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,  Wii system, the Nintendo DS hand-held system, the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, PlayStation Vita system and PC in fall 2012.

While all this action is taking place in the gaming market, tech researcher Gartner estimates that worldwide spending on the gaming ecosystem exceeded $74 billion in 2011, up 10.4 percent from 2010 spending of $67 billion. By 2015, it says, spending will reach $112 billion. (Read: Games that People Play on Digital Playgrounds)

“We are huge aficionados of The Lord of the Rings franchise and are incredibly excited to put our special LEGO family-friendly touch on this classic fantasy adventure,” said Tom Stone, managing director, TT Games. “We’ve taken what fans are familiar with and love about The Lord of the Rings films and combined it with the playful LEGO style, which makes the story and gameplay accessible to gamers of all ages.”

LEGO The Lord of the Rings takes players along on the adventures of Frodo Baggins and his unlikely fellowship as they set out on a perilous journey to destroy The One Ring and save Middle-earth.

Kids, tweens, teens and parents can traverse the Misty Mountains, explore the Mines of Moria, knock on the Black Gate of Mordor, and partake in epic battles with Orcs, Uruk-hai, the Balrog and other fearsome foes while harnessing the humor and imagination of LEGO gameplay to solve puzzles and explore Middle-earth.

Players will take on the form of their favorite members of the fellowship – Frodo the Hobbit, Aragorn the Ranger, Gandalf the Wizard, Legolas the Elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Boromir a Man of Gondor, and Frodo’s Hobbit friends Sam, Merry and Pippin – as they relive the most momentous events from the films.

Developed by TT Games, the LEGO The Lord of the Rings further expands on the partnership between LEGO and Warner Bros., who recently launched the brand new LEGO The Lord of the Rings toy collection. The line includes seven construction sets, such as The Battle of Helms Deep!

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