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Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest Announced for Wii and DS

by Francesca DiMola - May 28, 2009, 8:52 pm EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

The new third-person action adventure will allow players to play through Aragorn's most epic quests in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Earlier today, Headstrong GamesWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest for Wii and DS. They also announced Aa new partnership between Warner Bros Interactive Entertainmentthem, The Sail Zaentz Company, and New Line Productions, Inc, which has allowed the game to come to fruition. The partnership will allow Warner Bros to expand the series with titles that appeal to a broad demographic of gamers.

Aragorn's Quest is being developed by Headstrong Games for the Wii and TT Fusion for DS. It takes place later in the Lord of the Rings timeline, after Frodo destroyed the ring and saved Mmiddle-e Earth. Hobbiton is preparing for a feast to honor the new king of Gondor, Aragorn, as well as Samwise Gamgee for his efforts during the war. Samwise Gamgee, now the mayor of Hobbinton, has been requested by the children of the village to recount the tales of Aragorn, or Strider as he was known earlier in the trilogy. The title is being developed as a third-person action adventure in which players will take on the role of Aragorn and play through the great quests he embarked on throughout the trilogy.

Players will be able to traverse middle -Earth on foot and horseback wielding weapons such as swords, bows, and spears. Two player co-op gameplay will be featured in the Wii edition, allowing one player to take control of Gandalf.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces a Game Franchise Based on The Lord of the Rings Literary and Film Library and First Franchise Title "The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest"

Franchise Plans Include Games Across Multiple Genres and Platforms

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced a long-term partnership with The Saul Zaentz Company and New Line Productions, Inc. for literary and film rights to develop and publish games based on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. As part of the game franchise, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will publish multiple games across many genres designed to appeal to a wide range of unique gamers, including hard-core RPG fans and families. The first game will be The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn'’s Quest, a new third-person action adventure videogame offering an authentic gameplay experience based on The Lord of the Rings that all ages can play together on Wii™, Nintendo DS™, PlayStation®2 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system in Fall 2009.

"“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,"” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "“The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest is the first of many different types of games we will be developing with the film and literary rights. It is also the first game allowing kids and their families to interact in their favorite locations and stories from The Lord of the Rings with accessible gameplay."”

"“We are looking forward to continuing The Lord of the Rings'’ amazing legacy with new videogames that capture and expand upon elements from the trilogy,"” said Fredrica Drotos, Business Affairs, The Saul Zaentz Company. "“The first title with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn'’s Quest, is set in a colorful, action-filled rendition of Middle-earth that will appeal to new and dedicated fans."”

In The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’'s Quest, preparations are underway in Hobbiton for a great party to welcome Aragorn, King of Gondor, and honor Samwise Gamgee for his service during the War of the Ring. The children of the town are eager to learn more of this great man and so Samwise, now Mayor, embarks on a tale of the revered warrior, Strider—as Aragorn is known in his Ranger days—and his most valiant battles. Players assume the role of Aragorn and embark on his greatest quests from The Lord of the Rings trilogy as they wield his sword, bow or spear on foot and on horseback through an action-packed gameplay experience. On the Wii platform, two-player co-op gameplay featuring Gandalf will allow kids, families and friends to work together in the heart of the action.

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest is being developed for Wii™ by Headstrong Games and for Nintendo DS™, PlayStation®2 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system by TT Fusion. For more information visit www.aragornsquest.com.


EnnerMay 29, 2009

Glad to see more work coming Headstrong's way. As for the game, I'm a little iffy on how it will pan out. I won't mind some more Lord of the Rings media, but how does everybody else feel?

I am embargoed until tomorrow at noon with my preview, but I like Headstrong Games a lot, and I anticipate playing this game more at E3.

ShyGuyMay 29, 2009

Timely movie tie in.

DAaaMan64May 29, 2009

they need to go back to kojo.  Headstrong is a terrible song.

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