Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has 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.
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 game for Wii, Nintendo DS, PS2 and PSP.
"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 favourite locations and stories from The Lord of the Rings with accessible gameplay."
In The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest players assume the role of Aragorn and embark on his greatest quests from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. On the Wii two-player co-op gameplay featuring Gandalf will allow players to work together.
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest is being developed for Wii by Headstrong Games and for Nintendo DS, PS2 and PSP by TT Fusion. The game is scheduled for release this autumn.