Lord of the Rings: War in the North dated for November release

2011 marks just over 55 years since Lord of the Rings' first complete publication – not to mention ten years since the first movie in the live-action trilogy launched – so it's about damn time someone asked what Middle-Earth would be like if it were all grim 'n' gritty and Dragon's Age-esque. Thankfully, Snowblind Studios – known for Baldur's Gate spinoff Dark Alliance and Everquest spinoff Champions of Norrath – has its Rings spinoff, War in the North, ready for a November release. Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive promises the title will “embrace the gritty and brutal reality of Middle-Earth.”

Focusing on events not covered in-depth by the books or movies, War in the North's three-player co-op takes place on the same timeline as the quest to destroy the One Ring but focuses on events in the northern reaches of Middle Earth (which, um, you probably got from the title). The game runs on an updated version of Snowblind's Dark Alliance engine; you'll be able to get a look at it in action if you're attending Gamescom or 2011. Otherwise, the title launches in regular and Special Editions on Nov 1 in North America, with international releases following over the next three days.

Aug 2, 2011


  • ZigzMagoo - August 6, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    Exactly. There some crazy games coming up
  • rockbottom - August 6, 2011 10:51 a.m.

    DA:O's storytelling style would also suit a LOTR game better, in my opinion, than the vast sprawling, open feel of an Elder Scrolls game. If they're both half as good as they look then I will be happy.
  • ZigzMagoo - August 6, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    Companies are always trying to grab a piece of the action. Look at the release date of Modern Warfare 3 to Battlefield 3. But yeh, if they take the tactics of DA: O and give it better fighting mechanics, and interesting conversation pieces, then I will defenitely buy it.
  • rockbottom - August 5, 2011 5 p.m.

    @ZigzMagoo Yes i'm with you, Is this game actually trying to compete do you think, or just hoping to ride the wave of interest in these type of games that Skyrim is bound to generate. Could be a sneakily clever piece of timing. I agree that the LOTR name deserves a decent game and DA:O wouldn't be a bad template at all.
  • ZigzMagoo - August 4, 2011 9:44 p.m.

    @rockbottom That wasn't my point. My point is that they are obviously trying to directly compete with another major RPG, Skyrim, by releasing it close to the release date, and sooner. However, they would probably sell more units if they release it during Christmas, or a bit after. I want this game to succeed, as there hasn't been a decent LOTR game in forever. Also, this game does look good, like an improved version of DA: O
  • mothbanquet - August 4, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    @ rockbottom - Agreed, a bit of an odd attitude, I must admit xD I've been sneaking peeks at this game since it was first announced. Having two friends, each one of us with complementing preferences towards RPG builds (I have an affinity for mages, personally), means the co-op may be an intruiging prospect. Definitely keeping a hopeful eye on this, both as a gamer and LotR fan.
  • rockbottom - August 4, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    ZigzMagoo You're right, that goes without saying, but there's no law that says you can't have both. Just because Skyrim is looking awesome doesn't mean every other game has to fuck off and hide for a year.
  • ZigzMagoo - August 4, 2011 1:09 a.m.

    What a terrible idea. This game is gonna get fucking merked by Skyrim. No matter how good it is, there is no way it will be good as Skyrim
  • DoctorGonzo - August 3, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    I'm not sure about this game. If it doesn't contradict any lore, it's okay. I don't want them to go TOO over-the-top grim either. LOTR was never overly kid-friendly, and could get quite dark, but I don't want needless swearing, or sex, or the stereotypically "gritty" stuff in this age.
  • rockbottom - August 3, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    Will it be more like DragonAge Origins than Dragon Age 2 was? If so, I'm in.
  • Zepaw - August 3, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    I had not heard of this game until now. Count me as excited.

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