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Nick Ricks

We’ve been wrapped up in Middle-earth

Nick Ricks

Hello

My name is Nick and I work on the LEGO The Lord of the Rings game.

We’ve been wrapped up in Middle-earth for nearly 9 months, and it’s great to see just how awesome the game looks right now... and it’s not even finished!

We’ve recently taken an early version LEGO Lord of the Rings to show in Los Angeles, where hundreds of people played the game. It was great to see so may people really enjoying it, fighting the Troll as Legolas or battling the Balrog as Gandalf!

Now we’re finishing working on some of the later levels of the game, including the huge battles with hundreds of Orcs, Elves and Men. We’re also adding all of the side quests, hidden treasures and collectible characters to the massive LEGO Middle-earth hub that players will be able to explore.

It’s always great fun seeing the different sections of the game drawing together, and when you can begin to play the whole game through. It’s going to be an epic experience...

 

Jonathan Smith

Ah, hello there. Come on in

Jonathan Smith

Ah, hello there. Come on in. Welcome to… sorry, you’ll have to push the door a bit harder –there’s a big pile of bricks in the way. Here, let me move them…

<SCRRRRRRRSHHHHH>

OK now? Good. Mind where you step, because…

<SNAP>

No, don’t worry about that. It was only a prototype Elven Forge model for LEGO Lord of the Rings. The design team can build a replacement in no time. Or perhaps we’ll have a Ruined Elven Forge instead. Actually, that might be better. Good work!

Have a seat. Yes, it’s made of LEGO bricks.

I know. You get used to it.

So, you’re The LEGO Gamer. We’ve been making all these LEGO games for so long… it’s such a privilege to meet you, finally! We’ve got so much to talk about.

What was the first one you played? Do you remember LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga? LEGO Indiana Jones? And which one’s your favourite? LEGO Batman 2? A lot of people are enjoying LEGO Batman 2 at the moment. An excellent choice!

Let’s talk about the future, as well. You know we’re working on LEGO Lord of the Rings right now – but we’ve got lots of other games in development which I’d like to show you. And I know you’ve got plenty of your own ideas, too.

We should start with a tour, though. If you press this button, you’ll see that our chairs can automatically rebuild into…

<CLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICK>

Yes! Our studio transport vehicle. It’s powered by ordinary AA batteries, but can reach speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. The wheels are scaled-up versions of the LEGO originals; we have them made in a special part of the LEGO factory in Billund. And the dragon wings? They’re for emergencies.

First stop, the design floor. Hold on tight!

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