Electronic Arts has announced the development of Lord of the Rings: White Council, an all-new role playing game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

The game, inspired by the film trilogy that grossed more than US$3 billion, will feature an original storyline derived from J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels under an agreement with EA. The game is scheduled to release late 2007.

“Our extremely talented and dedicated team is committed to creating an incredible new experience for fans of the Lord of the Rings and role playing gamers,” says Steve Gray, executive producer, The White Council.

Players have the freedom to explore the open world of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth and can choose their role as a man, an elf, a dwarf, or a hobbit. Each role’s destiny is to become a hero allied with the White Council, whose members include Gandalf, Saruman, Galadriel, and Elrond.

For more information about the game, visit: www.whitecouncil.ea.com.