New Lord of the Rings: War in the North trailer showcases 'brutal combat'

On today's trailer menu is the 'Brutal Combat' of The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (a.k.a. LotRWitN), the upcoming co-op action RPG from Snowblind Studios, which previously developed Justice League Heroes and Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. In 2009, Snowblind was acquired by Warner Bros. and tasked with the development War in the North. Yeah, it's yet another Lord of the Rings RPG with a long title, but that doesn't mean it's just another LotR action RPG - from what we've seen, it's looking awfully pretty:

"Find and equip the best loot, upgrade your hero using a wide range of skills and items, and feel the intense satisfaction of rushing into real-time battles with friends by your side. Fight through the brutal realities of the war on all fronts that were brought to life in the lore. Immerse yourself and make your own mark on Middle-earth," reads the game's official site.

We hope to see more of it at PAX East this weekend. If we do, there's a pretty good chance we'll let you know, because writing articles about stuff is sort of what we do.

Mar 9, 2011


  • theintellectual - March 10, 2011 5:30 a.m.

    @FVDub How exactly does the gore upset the tone of the franchise? In the movies, the Orcs were lobbing brutally decapitated heads over the walls of Minas Tirith, and decapitations were fairly common throughout. Such is war, when armies go at it with sharpened pieces of steel.
  • theintellectual - March 10, 2011 5:26 a.m.

    Funny, I wasn't expecting that much reasoned response to my deranged war cry. In any case, recent LotR games haven't exactly lived up to the license, nor the standard of much better games preceding it (Battle for Middle Earth 2 anyone?) My hopes aren't terribly high but it's too early at this point to judge.
  • ThePrivateer - March 10, 2011 4:18 a.m.

    This looks great, like a perfect continuation of The Return of the King's tie-in, and I'm loving the gory gameplay. It doesn't make sense to have characters flinging blades around and limbs staying intact!
  • IceBlueKirby - March 10, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    I personally can't wait for this game. Snowblind has always been good at making fun co-op experiences, and this looks to be no exception. It's just too bad this game hasn't had a release date since it was announced, because I'd start counting down the days.
  • CODHERO23 - March 10, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    To me, and this is just my opinion, it will be just another hack n slash game. The fact that it has an important licence will help overall sales number but will it make it a better game? no, most likely not. As for the "DECAPITASHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" (theintellectual) I must say that they do look cool, but i don't think that there will be much more variety because there weren't any other limb detachements. Seriosly, on a good hack n slash game, wouldn't you expect more than ONE limb to be able to be chopped off?
  • Jbo87 - March 10, 2011 12:43 a.m.

    Sort of what theintellectual said. 'Brutal' in the case of this trailer basically means 'occasionally a enemy dudes' head comes off'. Still looks somewhat entertaining.
  • NightCrawler_358 - March 10, 2011 12:29 a.m.

    From what i've seen, its similar to Demon's Souls in some ways. I really hope this will be good!
  • FVDub - March 10, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    As much as I love LOTR, this game seems like it is using violence for the sake of violence. I mean, couldn't Snowblind have developed a decent hack and slash engine without so much gore? I'm not hating, but it seems that making a Mature rated LOTR game doesn't really fit with the spirit of the franchise and will probably affect sales significantly more than if it had a T rating.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - March 9, 2011 11:47 p.m.

    @mrjoe1986 I believe that as in most co-op games, additional players are optional. I don't know whether or not they're replaced with AI players, but I'd imagine so.
  • theintellectual - March 9, 2011 11:11 p.m.

  • Turboash - March 9, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    "writing articles about stuff is sort of what we do." Amen Tyler, amen!
  • mrjoe1986 - March 9, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    Can this be played without the co-op element? Say using AI instead of Xboxlive?
  • Vulneratus - March 9, 2011 10:13 p.m.

    Tolkien is probably rolling in his grave... from excitement!! Nah, but seriously why does this need the license at all? Tom Bombadil DLC anyone?

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