The game is inspired by the feature film trilogy, and will feature an original storyline derived from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings novels.

"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," said Steve Gray, executive producer, The Lord of the Rings, The White Council. "With its next generation gameplay and epic new storyline, we think The Lord of the Rings, The White Council will be a huge success."

Players will be given the freedom to explore Middle-earth, and 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. We're promised stunning graphics and expansive environments, along with freedom of movement that is possible because of the next generation hardware.

The Lord of the Rings, The White Council is pencilled in for a late 2007 release, on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.