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Black Label Signs Liquid To Develop 'LotR: The War of the Ring'

by Thomas on Dec. 2, 2002 @ 12:32 p.m. PST

Black Label Games, a studio of Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games), has announced it has entered into a production agreement with Liquid Entertainment to develop "The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring," a real-time strategy (RTS) game for the PC platform. The game will be developed through VU Games' long-term agreement with Tolkien Enterprises to create interactive entertainment based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic novel "The Lord of the Rings." The game will be released in early 2004.

Expanding on the world of Middle-earth and its inhabitants as introduced by J.R.R. Tolkien, the game allows players to engage in the epic story though both a good and an evil single-player campaign. Players also will be able to play on both sides in an extensive multi-player mode.

"The selection of Liquid Entertainment, recognized in the gaming industry for their PC strategy title, 'Battle Realms,' as the developer for 'The War of the Ring' underscores our long-term commitment to creating high-quality titles based on the Tolkien works," said Torrie Dorrell, general manager of Black Label Games.

About Liquid Entertainment

Based in Agoura Hills, California, Liquid Entertainment is a leading producer and developer of entertainment software products. Since its founding in 1999, Liquid remains dedicated to creating top-quality and innovative games. Liquid can be found on the Internet at www.liquid.to .

About Black Label Games

Black Label Games is a studio of Vivendi Universal Games and is focused on developing titles based on original intellectual properties, as well as content licensed from external strategic partners. Black Label Games' title line-up includes "The Thing," the critically-acclaimed action/survival-horror game, a sequel to John Carpenter's 1982 cult classic movie of the same name, "Enclave" for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, and "Mace Griffin: Bounty Hunter," for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube(TM) and Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft. The unit is also releasing games based on the great 20th century literary epic, J.R.R. Tolkien's worldwide best-selling saga "The Lord of the Rings," as part of Vivendi Universal Games' long-term agreement with Tolkien Enterprises.

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