The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game

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[E3 2019] - The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game Gets Name Change, Release Date
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[E3 2019] - The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game Gets Name Change, Release Date

Little bit less excited than before, but still eager to try this out

About a year and a half ago, we heard that Asmodee Digital was working on bringing Fantasy Flight's The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game to PC and Mac sometime in 2018. It was delayed a bit, and has a new name, but The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game will be arriving soon on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch this August!

First off, the name change. While the Adventure Card Game is definitely inspired by the physical version, it's not exactly the same thing. It uses a lot of the same ideas and mechanics, but it's not a 1-to-1 parallel. Given how much recognition the physical version has within the realm of tabletop games, there was probably a push to give it a little bit of a different brand. Disappointing that they won't be the exact same game, but if Asmodee Digital has done a decent enough job of translating some of the mechanics into the digital version, it still should be fun.

Second, the price. Initially, this was being advertised as a free-to-play game with in-game purchases (the expansion packs). Now, it seems like it will priced at $18.99 for the "Core Set," and expansion packs will be $9.99. Those expansion packs will include new campaigns to play and new heroes and cards to use. As a "living card game," there are no random card drops so you need only buy one expansion pack to get all the cards in it. An initial buy-in hopefully means that the microtransactions will be kept to strictly cosmetic stuff.

The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game will be available on PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 on August 8, 2019. Two player online co-op is supported in the game's multiplayer mode where you'll work together using your own decks to beat an encounter.

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