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'Rings' video games in the offing

In two games based on Tolkien's work, Electronic Arts will explore topics not covered in the "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy.

Unexplored locales of Middle-earth depicted in the epic fantasy novel "The Lord of the Rings" will be new playgrounds for gamers. Electronics Arts, based in Redwood City, Calif., said on Monday it had acquired the rights to develop two games based on J.R.R. Tolkien's celebrated fiction. "The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II" and "The Lord of the Rings Tactics" will cover topics that are outside what has been included in the movie trilogy, the company said.

"The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II" is a PC-based video game, while "The Lord of the Rings Tactics" is a PlayStation game. EA did not commit to a date for the release of the games.