Originally posted on JRRTolkienExaminer on 6/30/09.
Shanghai, China’s CDC Games will launch a local version of Turbine’s The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (aka LOTRO) by the end of the year.
LOTRO, a massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) based on Tolkien’s novel, was launched in North America in April 2007 by the developer, Westwood, Massachusetts-based Turbine. As of February of this year, the game had 300,000 subscribers.
The game takes place during the War of the Ring. Players can create characters of the races of Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits and Men. The available player classes are Burglar, Captain, Champion, Guardian, Hunter, Lore-master, Minstrel, Rune-keeper and Warden.
Since its launch, the game has steadily added to the locations players can visit in the game, now including Ered Luin, The Shire, Breeland and the Barrow-downs, Fornost, Amon Sûl, the Trollshaws (the area surrounding Rivendell), the Misty Mountains and Goblin Town, Angmar, the Ettenmoors, Lake Evendim and Annúminas, Forochel, and the Mines of Moria.
CDC Games holds the exclusive distribution rights in China. The game will undergo some changes to make it palatable to the Chinese government. Similar changes were made to Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, the world’s most popular MMORPG, when it was introduced to China in 2005; the government forced Chinese operator The9 Limited to remove certain depictions of undead creatures the censors found offensive. On the positive side, the Chinese version of LOTRO will have superior player versus player (PVP) capabilities.
CDC Games is a developer of online games and MMORPGs located in Shanghai, China. CDC Games is a market leader in online and mobile games in China, with more than 140 million registered users.