Warner Bros announces LOTR: Aragorn’s Quest video game

06.02.09 | Kunochan | Speak, friend & comment!

Originally posted on JRR Tolkien Examiner on 5/26/09.

At next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will debut Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest, its new youth- and family-oriented Lord of the Rings video game.

Aragorn’s Quest is the first Tolkien game to be announced since Electronic Arts lost its franchise license in 2008. EA held the license for games based on Peter Jackson’s film trilogy from 1999, and produced several memorable games, notably the role-playing video game The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring in 2003. In 2005 the publisher obtained rights to make games from the books as well, and the 2006 real-time strategy game The Battle for Middle-earth II contained elements from both the films and the novels.

Warner Bros. owns New Line Cinema, which has the rights to filmed versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit; and, now that it has taken back the license from EA, it can produce video games and other media based on those films.

The publisher has revealed scant information about the title, only that it will be brighter in tone than previous games, and it features Aragorn, in the role of the ranger Strider, completing quests.

New Line is now on course to release a film version of The Hobbit in 2012, and it seems certain Warner Bros. intends to produce video games in correlation with that release.

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