Monday, October 11, 2010

Sauron Looks to the North

Snowblind Studios, famous for the acclaimed Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance and Champions of Norrath, is developing an action RPG called The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy.

Set in the northern reaches of Middle-earth, the game will cover events not shown in the movies or the books. This gives Snowblind the power to exercise their creative freedom, though hopefully not at the expense of violating the nerd-sanctity of Tolkien's work.

The game will be an action RPG, probably in the vein of hack'n'slash games like Champions of Norrath, and will support cooperative, online play for up to three players. 

War in the North is cited to be the first mature video game in the Middle-earth setting and Snowblind hopes to "deliver the Lord of the Rings game fans have been waiting for." With their credentials, it's quite possible that they can resurrect an IP besmirched by several not-so-well-made games (cough, cough Conquest). Actually, let me rephrase that because Conquest is an insult to not-so-well-made-games everywhere. The Lord of the Rings: Conquest was just bad. Let's not go there again.

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is set to release for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and for PC in 2011.

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