New Lord Of The Rings To Embrace Online Co-Op
"The Lord of the Rings" is sort of like the "Star Wars" for a new generation. It just won't go away...and most don't want it to go away.
Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced an "epic multiplayer action/RPG" known as The Lord of the Rings: War in the North. Designed by Champions of Norrath and Justice League Heroes developer Snowblind Studios and set to release for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in 2011, the game will explore "both original and familiar narrative elements" from the books by J.R.R. Tolkien and the films, directed by Peter Jackson. This appears to be a multiplayer-oriented RPG set in Middle-earth, as it will utilize "innovative online, interdependent co-op play for up to three players." Your goal? Take your party north to face Sauron's evil forces. WBIE President Martin Tremblay said this project "takes a mature approach" to the LotR concept and Ryan Geithman, Founder and Studio Head of Snowblind Studios, added:
"In The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Snowblind will deliver an action RPG for core gamers featuring authentic narrative and environmental locations from J.R.R. Tolkien’s original The Lord of the Rings. This game is a natural evolution of the acclaimed RPG gameplay that Snowblind has consistently delivered over the past years. Players and fans will experience an innovative approach to online co-op gameplay, woven throughout every facet of the game in a way that only Snowblind can deliver."
We all miss Champions of Norrath and we know this game likely won't be similar gameplay-wise, but we certainly have faith in Snowblind. There doesn't appear to be any mention of a single-player campaign in this press release, as the description reads: "gamers will experience extensive character customization and development, expansive co-op gameplay options and upgradeable weapons, skills and special abilities." Well, either way, we like the idea. We'll keep you updated.
Related Game(s): The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
3/18/2010 12:24:34 PM Ben Dutka