Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, an epic multiplayer action/RPG based on the renowned novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, is to launch in 2011 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Developed by Snowblind Studios in association with Middle-earth Enterprises, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North explores both original and familiar narrative elements as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment holds the rights to develop video games based on both the literary and motion picture content from The Lord of the Rings.

The game promises to break new ground as a mature RPG set in Middle-earth, with innovative online, interdependent co-op play for up to three who form a Fellowship to fight Sauron's forces.

"In The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Snowblind will deliver an action RPG for core gamers featuring authentic narrative and environmental locations from J.R.R. Tolkien's original The Lord of the Rings," said Ryan Geithman, Founder and Studio Head of Snowblind Studios. "This game is a natural evolution of the acclaimed RPG gameplay that Snowblind has consistently delivered over the past years. Players and fans will experience an innovative approach to online co-op gameplay, woven throughout every facet of the game in a way that only Snowblind can deliver."

Players will explore unseen lands, story elements and characters from Middle-earth as well as elements familiar from past feature films.