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The LOTR:TCG we'll be getting might not be an exact replica of the cardboard version (FFG's two previous "thematic" board game ports, Elder Sign: Omens and Battlelore: Command both differed from their cardboard versions as well), but we do know that it will be following the Living Card Game format of non-random boosters.
Fantasy Flight Interactive wrote:
Fantasy Flight Games revolutionized tabletop card games with the highly successful The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. As a Living Card Game, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game relied on a fixed distribution of cards to remove randomness from the purchase model and brought players deeper into The Lord of the Rings universe with a focus on immersive, narrative-driven experiences. Now, Fantasy Flight Interactive brings that same philosophy to the digital card game market with The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game—a completely unique digital card game with a non-randomized approach to card purchasing and a focus on cooperative, story-based gameplay.
“The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game takes what fans love about the physical card game—adventure, lore, and a chance to play using powerful characters and artifacts—and adapts it for an entirely unique interactive experience on the PC,” said Tim Gerritsen, Head of Fantasy Flight Interactive. “For those unfamiliar with the card game, the digital adaptation invites players to become a part of the fantastical world J.R.R. Tolkien created and embark on new adventures.”
As a single-player experience, The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game tasks players with leading a team of three heroes through a series of narrative campaigns across Middle-earth as they face off against the dark forces of Sauron, controlled by the computer. Players will forge their own fellowships and build decks comprised of ally, event, and equipment cards to face challenges that test their willpower, knowledge, tactics and leadership.
The initial release will be for PC/Mac via Steam, but other platforms are being considered and eagle-eyed viewers will notice the App Store and Google Play icons making an appearance in the trailer. The initial release will also be a single-player experience, with cooperative online multiplayer being introduced after release.
LOTR: TCG will be a free-to-download game with new cards, we're assuming, available via in-game currency or cash and will be arriving on Steam Early Access in the next couple months with a full release later in 2018. We'll stay on top of this one and let you know when any new details emerge.