The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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The Return of the King
The Return of the King cover
Developers
EA Redwood Shores
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows October 31, 2003
macOS (OS X) March 30, 2004
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King guide at StrategyWiki
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King at Wikipedia

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
Middle-earth
The Hobbit 1982
The Fellowship of the Ring 1985
The Shadows of Mordor 1987
J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle Earth 1988
The Crack of Doom 1989
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I 1990
J.R.R. Tolkien's Riders of Rohan 1990
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II 1992
The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) 2002
The Return of the King 2003
War of the Ring 2003
The Hobbit (2003) 2003
The Battle for Middle-earth 2004
The Battle for Middle-earth II 2006
The Lord of the Rings Online 2007
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest 2009
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North 2011
Lego Middle-earth (series)
Guardians of Middle-earth 2012
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 2014
Middle-earth: Shadow of War 2017
Journeys in Middle-earth 2019
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum 2021

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v3 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
Demo

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\LOTR Return of the King Data\ROTK.ini
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Données du Retour du Roi tm\ROTK.ini
macOS (OS X)
Folder LOTR Return of the King Data may be named differently, based on the system language.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\LOTR Return of the King Data\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Données du Retour du Roi tm\
macOS (OS X)

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 62 FPS.
Color blind mode

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen fix[citation needed]
  1. Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000.
  2. Extract lotr.7z files to the installation folder (password: lotr).
  3. Edit lotr.ini to set the resolution.

Notes

Supported exe size: 2 874 232 bytes.

Windowed[edit]

Use DxWnd[citation needed]
  1. Download and extract DxWnd.
  2. Start DxWnd.
  3. Click Edit and Add.
  4. Type in the name of the game.
  5. In Path type in a path to your ROTK.EXE file.
  6. Check fields: Hook enabled, Run in a Window, Hook all DLLs and Remap Client Rect.
  7. Go to a Video tab and check the field: Prevent Win Maximize.
  8. Go to a DirectX tab and check: DirectX8.
  9. Click OK and start the game without closing DxWnd.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
No option to disable it.
EAX support

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Italian
Spanish
Dutch
Polish
Portuguese
Swedish
German
Russian
Fan translation by «ENPY Studio/Spirit Team»

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
Requires a controller.
LAN play
Online play

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III - 700 MHz
AMD Athlon - 700 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.0 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]

References