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Thursday, March 18, 2004

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Return of the King Goes Gold
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Aspyr Media today announced that the Macintosh version of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King has gone gold and will be shipping on April 2nd. Based on the environments from the movie, The Return of the King's third person gameplay includes immersive action and adventure elements set in rich, interactive levels. The game will also feature an exciting multiplayer co-op mode that lets players form their own Fellowship before embarking on their journey through Middle-earth.

Here are some other features in the game:

• Eight playable and secret characters including Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Sam & Frodo with exclusive voice-over provided by the actual actors from the films.
• An all-new co-op multiplayer mode will allow players to team up with a companion.
• Over twelve interactive environments authentically reproduced from the films. Explore the Paths of the Dead, defend Minas Tirith, and battle Sauron’s forces at the Pelennor Fields before final confrontations at the Black Gate and the Crack of Doom.
• Third person action/adventure gameplay incorporates multiple character paths for each member of the Fellowship.
• More than just a backdrop to the action, the game environments are interactive, letting players incorporate the various environments into their strategies for both melee and ranged combat. Characters will have the ability to jump and swing from ropes, fire catapults, kick boulders, etc.
• Battle vicious boss monsters including Shelob, the Witch King and the final showdown with the Dark Lord Sauron.
• Seamless movie-to-game transitions and never-before-seen exclusive movie footage from the upcoming The Return of the King movie.
IMG will be posting a hands-on preview of the game based on a recent beta shortly. Be on the look out for it soon. The IMG Store is currently taking pre-order for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It is available for pre-order for $48.95 and just $44.95 for MacGames CD/IMG Pro subscribers.

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