Fans release Lord of the Rings-mod for Age of Empires II

Aug

8

2018

The developers of ToME-Team have made available a downloadable version of Tales of Middle-Earth. This is a modification of the game Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, transforming the game world into a world of The Lord of the Rings.

Tales of Middle Earth was in production for six years and is now almost complete; a fully playable version can be downloaded on Mod Database. The mod has a total of eighteen zones from Middle-Earth, including the areas of the Elves, Rohirrim and Mordor. The team has designed more than a hundred different buildings, as well as a number of miracles based on well-known places such as Barad-dûr.

Players can imitate the battles and stories from the world of The Lord of the Rings. There are many different buildings and all factions have their own visual style. There is an economy and there is also the possibility of fighting with ships on the water. Furthermore, players can explore technology to become stronger and diplomatic choices can be made per faction. The mod can be played as a multiplayer or single player game, or in the form of scenarios.

The Mod from ToME-Team is meant for the game Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. This is an extension that came out in 1999 for Age of Empires II: Age of Kings. According to the makers Tales of Middle Earth is the first fully playable ‘total conversion’ of the game. The developers have also confirmed to Mod Database that they are working on a Steam Workshop version of the mod for Age of Empires II HD.

There is also another promising Lord of the Rings mod in the making, from the game Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth. This mod, called The Battle for Middle-Earth: Reforged , is made in the Unreal Engine 4 and in fact becomes a completely new game. The developers want to include destructive terrain and support for 4k resolutions. This is mainly a multiplayer game, of which a first playable version should come out somewhere in early 2019.

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