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E3 2005 Preview

Posted by Dana Massey on May 25, 2005  | Comments

E3 2005 Preview -

Dungeons & Dragons and Lord of the Rings are the two thing that inspired the modern craze we call fantasy MMORPGs. Turbine has the tall order of brining both franchises to life in that medium. Today we take a look at the game closest to release: Dungeons & Dragons Online. Does it live up the expectations of fans? Can it draw non-D&D players? Find out:

Turbine is hard at work on two new exciting franchises and during a one-hour session, they showed off both Dungeons and Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings Online. The former being the furthest along in development – we will start there. Turbine has a tough challenge to take the most celebrated pen and paper game in history and adapt it faithfully into the new medium. To do this they have chosen to set the game in Eberron, the newest world from Wizards of the Coast. This relatively new slate allows the team the unique position of reciprocal influence as their decisions help shape the franchise. The game and company names will draw crowds, but from what Turbine showed us, the team is not resting there. Dungeons & Dragons Online looks to be an extremely solid product with a bright future – even if you stripped away the massive names attached to it.

For those unfamiliar, the Wizards of the Coast world of Eberron is the newest release in the D&D family. The development team seemed quite excited about the high-fantasy setting this world provides them. The world is awash with floating towers, elemental airships and other amazing wonders - much less gritty than some previous D&D worlds. As mentioned, being a younger setting, it also allowed Turbine a unique opportunity. The license is not a shackle. For example, they have created unique and original creatures in house that have found their way into the Wizards of the Coast books, rather than be confined to a pre-existing library.

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