Lord of the Rings: War in the North New Trailer

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is an upcoming epic multiplayer action/RPG game, which will be breaking new ground as the first “mature” rated LOTR game. The game features a whole host of new features, and allows co-operative play where people can create their own “fellowship” and explore new lands and new areas in the LOTR world. There are opportunities to customise your players, you can upgrade weapons, skills and special abilities, all with the aim of defeating Sauron’s forces in the North.

I’m going to be honest with you here, I’ve mostly been disappointed by LOTR games that have come out. The trailer for this game though looks incredible, and I like the idea of it being an online RPG, with (hopefully) a less linear plot and more chance to explore and have fun in a sandbox style atmosphere. This is what I really hope for this game, and then I think I could easily enjoy it.

The official stuff from the press release is as follows:

Create your own Fellowship ‐ Together, players and their friends will experience an epic, story‐based adventure through vast Middle‐earth to experience storylines and characters going beyond what has been seen in the feature films and previous games.

Play as a team or perish! ‐ Social play is redefined through groundbreaking online, interdependent co‐op gameplay which enables three different gamers to play as a complementary group where individual skills enhance the success of each team member.
Brutal Gameplay ‐ The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is the first M‐rated The Lord of the Rings game on the market, authentically derived from The Lord of the Rings lore and delivering on action RPG principles.
Intricate Character Customization from RPG Powerhouse – Players choose from three playable races: Human, Elf or Dwarf. Extensive customization allows for meaningful and rewarding RPG gameplay including established loot and reward systems. Snowblind’s history and credibility as an action/RPG gameplay studio makes them the perfect choice for creating an epic LOTR RPG.
Original Social Storyline ‐ Players will experience an original storyline created especially for the social, collaborative three‐player experience established within J.R.R. Tolkien’s lore and approved by the J.R.R. Tolkien estate
Challenge Missions ‐ Special missions consist of defensive positioning and group raids for up to 3 players, built especially for co‐op challenges and not tied to the story.

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The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is due for release on PC, PS3 and XBox 360 on the 25 March 2011

GS Reporter: George

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