Capitalizing on the recent interest in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Sierra Entertainment has announced that The Hobbit is in development for the Nintendo GameCube. Being developed by Austin, Texas-based Inevitable Entertainment, The Hobbit for GameCube is a third-person action/adventure set in one of the most famous realms of fantasy ever created, Middle-Earth. It pits gamers in the furry feet of Bilbo Baggins, a most unassuming hobbit who encounters the most extraordinary of things on his epic quest.

Russel Byrd, managing director at Inevitable says, "Bringing the epic worlds described in Tolkien's works to life through a video game has been an amazing experience."

Mike Ryder of Sierra comments, "The Hobbit is one of the pre-eminent fantasy works of all time and is perfectly suited to be the inspiration for a great game. The book provides a tremendous amount of rich material from which we expect to make a fantasy game that lives up to the extremely high expectations of Tolkien's fans worldwide."

The ambitious title is set for a 2003 release. Sierra and Inevitable have not released any screenshots of The Hobbit running on GameCube yet, but have provided one piece of promotional art.

IGNcube has stated that they will update with more details on The Hobbit in the coming months. If you're interested, head on over and check out the demo Inevitable did last year for nVidia's GeForce 3 card. Hopefully the company is as technically proficient with the GCN hardware.