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Vivendi releases more Tolkien titles

Games publisher Vivendi Universal announced plans Monday for several new titles based on J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" series of novels. "The Lord of the Rings: Middle-Earth Online" will be a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, an increasingly crowded field likely to become even more competitive with the arrival of games based on "Star Wars" and the Marvel Comics universe.

Vivendi will also produce "The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring," a real-time strategy game, in addition to the previously announced adventure games "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Hobbit." Vivendi purchased game licensing rights to the Tolkien books a few years ago, but will soon find itself in a battle with rival publisher Electronic Arts, which bought rights to "The Lord of the Rings" film series.