Warner Bros. To Tap LOTR Franchise Once More
Just when everyone thought that the Lord of the Rings video games had hit their ceiling, Warner Brothers announced today that their newest title, Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest, would just be the first of many to come.
It appears that Warner will be developing and releasing games in the LOTR franchise that will range a wide variety of genres. WB has even gone as far as to say that their upcoming games will be catered both towards the hardcore RPG fan base and their families.
In the press release announcing Aragorn's Quest, Warner president Martin Tremblay said that “The Lord of the Rings franchise is world renowned for its captivating adventures, and we are creating new experiences in the game space designed to appeal to a wide array of consumer tastes from core to casual.”
Aragorn's Quest will feature co-op play with Gandalf, battle on horseback, and much more. The press release summed up the game this way: “The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest is the first Lord of the Rings video game created specifically for kids and their families with accessible gameplay set in a friendly, colorful rendition of Middle-Earth. Players assume the role of Strider and embark on his greatest quests from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The game offers authentic, action-oriented sword fighting, lancing and archery that all ages can play together.”
The Wii, DS, PS2, and PSP will receive this game in Autumn 2009. The video game rights to the LOTR franchise were previously with EA but their licensing agreement expired in early 2009.
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