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New dev diary takes one final look at the journey of developing LEGO The Lord of the Rings

The final developer diary for Lego The Lord of the Rings has been released today, giving us one last look at the work TT Games has put into crafting an adventure for newcomers and longtime fans of The Lord of the Rings series.

LEGO The Lord of the Rings "Journeying Forward" looks at several of the challenges the team faced when developing the game.

"The way that we've layered the story events into these locations weaves the story into the hub itself so that you have a continuous and evolving narrative as the player progresses," explains executive producer Nick Ricks. "That's really new. That's something we haven't done before."

Other topics discussed in the developer diary including split-screen co-op, a backpack system that lets you pick up items and give you completely new abilities that aren't bound to the character you are. Of course, when developing a LEGO game, you need to remember the core player base, and that's also something TT Games discusses.

"It's a tremendous responsibility to think that many of our LEGO games are played by young players who, not only haven't played many video games, but perhaps may have never encountered these stories in any other form," adds Jonathan Smith, head of production. "I think it spurs us on to really make sure that we're delivering every epic moment of that story in the most impactful, amazing way possible to really inspire players to want to find out more about this world and these characters."

There's plenty more fun behind-the-scenes footage in the video, so have a look. LEGO The Lord of the Rings is set to release in Fall 2012 for Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, and 3DS.

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