The War in the North is Fast Approaching

Peter Jackson proved to the world that, given the time, J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless classic Lord of the Rings trilogy can be accurately depicted on film.  The same cannot be said with some of the more recent videogame titles that have been set within the universe of Middle-Earth.  We’ve come close a few times and none of the titles have been horrible, they’ve just never captured the same level of detail and authenticity that the movies provided.

In November we’ll be given another opportunity to see if things can finally be set right.  However, November 1 might find a good majority of us gamers pre-occupied with a little something called Uncharted 3.  Be that as it may, War in the North is looking to be one of those titles that might just have that certain something.

Here are some of the features that Snowblind Studios is looking to give us:

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a co-op Action RPG that immerses you and your friends in a brutal new chapter in the War of the Ring. Snowblind Studios is in the unique position of drawing inspiration from both the literary and film rights to the world of Middle-earth, allowing players to bloody their axes on a wide range of deadly enemies and traverse both established and never-before-seen locations. The result is a journey that is both epic and intimate, familiar yet unexpected.

ACTION MEETS RPG

Intense, visceral, and satisfying combat. Rich, layered, and impactful character progression. In War in the North, you get both. Find and equip the best loot, upgrade your hero using a wide range of skills and items, and feel the intense satisfaction of rushing into real-time battles with friends by your side. Fight through the brutal realities of the war on all fronts that were brought to life in the lore. Immerse yourself and make your own mark on Middle-earth.

CO-OP AT ITS CORE

Build your own fellowship of three heroes to confront the growing army in the North. The survival of your group and all of Middle-earth depends upon your uniquely skilled heroes working together. You must fight together or you will die alone, and these high stakes make the experience of playing together both socially engaging and incredibly satisfying. The first time you rescue a friend who has been grabbed by a troll and is desperately yelling for help, you will understand what we mean.

AN UNTOLD STORY

While much attention and focus has been placed on the journey of the One Ring, the assault on Middle-earth hits all corners of the map. War in the North turns our attention towards an integral part of the storyline that is grounded in details within the books and various appendices. This is not someone else’s fight. This is your own effort to forage a way through the dark, dangerous, and unknown landscape, defending all that is yours. This is your war.

Keep your eye on it.  In the meantime . . .

Written by Bill Braun

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  • Anonymous

    How am I just hearing about this!  Looks right up my alley although I notice the website lacks any real detail on how single player will work (can you only play online with 2 others or do you get cpu bots).  Also pretty miffed that they’re charging $70 CDN for it.  That extra $10 will likely stop me from getting until it drops in price next year.

    • Anonymous

      It isn’t completely out of the question that this game (or really any game released in the next month) could see an early price drop.  There are just so many quality titles coming out that, unfortunately, some will get lost in the shuffle.  Bad for publishers, but good for consumers.