LOTR: Aragorn's Quest delayed to spring 2010

WBIE's family-friendly take on Lord of the Rings franchise now arriving for Wii, DS, PS2, PSP next year.

In May, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment consolidated its hold on The Lord of the Rings license, picking up the rights to make games off of the books and films set in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy universe. However, instead of the adult-oriented fiction of Tolkien's fantasy universe, WBIE opted to target its first game at the kid-friendly audience, announcing The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest for the Wii, DS, PlayStation 2, and PSP.

Sam may have embellished a bit on the size of this spider.

Today, WBIE provided an updated release window for the game, saying Aragorn's Quest is now expected to ship in spring 2010. Previously, the game had been expected to ship this fall. The Wii edition of the game is in development at Headstrong Games, whose previous credits include House of the Dead: Overkill. The remaining installments are in development at TT Fusion, the handheld arm of Lego Star Wars developer Traveller's Tales Games.

As detailed in GameSpot's first look at the game during the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Aragorn's Quest is a third-person action game with a stylized, cartoony aesthetic. The game sees players reliving the War of the Rings through Samwise Gamgee, Frodo's companion and current mayor of the Shire. Players will assume control of Aragorn across 13 scenes pulled from the books.

Aragorn's Quest also supports drop-in/drop-out co-op play for up to two, where the second player gains control of the supreme sorcerer Gandalf.

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33 comments
Gammet25
Gammet25

A family friendly lord of the rings game. This will be something.

battlefrontphil
battlefrontphil

Awww, I was excited about this game until I saw this! It looks awful, like a little kiddie game but maybe the gameplay will make up for it....let's hope.

leechoonkin
leechoonkin

I hope they will improve the graphics :) I juz LOVE LORD OF THE RINGS series

Stormraiderz
Stormraiderz

it looks pretty good, but thats just me because im a diehard LOTR fan and i love everything about LOTR games:)

this_tyranny
this_tyranny

Is it just me or do the in-game character graphics look very rigid? (Aragorn's awkward flourish at 0:39 = LOL.) Our terrain-savvy Strider sticks out like a sore thumb in the pale environments. And since when has the LOTR fanbase been composed of kids? ...Though I can see the older generation of fans buying this for the indoctrination of their kids, lol. Hence the whole Samwise-tells-a-story setup.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Ill pick it up for the PSP!!! Although, I think they should make a more serious game. There are a lot of adult gamers out there. Not everyone is a child.

rave_n2
rave_n2

I'm not sold on the little kid graphics. I don't think too many kids will care for Lord of the Rings no matter what they do, and the stupid graphics may turn off many serious fans.

makemeweak
makemeweak

I wouldn't mind if it were delayed forever...

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

They should have went with movie style graphics...

not_wanted
not_wanted

I really hope they cancel this one.

Serraph105
Serraph105

family friendly? Dear lord what are they doing to me favorite story?

Monstrer
Monstrer

:D co-op mode ^^ I hope it will be a good game...

thetravman
thetravman

I really hope it turns out good. I'm already interested in the co-op idea.

Chickenesta
Chickenesta

I think the graphical approach alone will work against this games success unfortunately.

joynul
joynul

this game i will get but why on the ps2 in 2010? it will sureble be dead by then and a waste of money go striaght to the ps3 or im gettin the psp or wii edition

GuardianSaint
GuardianSaint

Such a strong character deserves a game without kid like graphics. Where is the brutal shredding of his enemy?

robfield
robfield

What? Even this? Gamers asked developers to slow down on Fall releases, and man did they overreact.

Regisland
Regisland

lol i didint even know this existed

JCASHUFL
JCASHUFL

I DEMAND BLOOD, GUTS, AND LANGUAGE!

DFBTG
DFBTG

Wow...does anyone here actually care about this game? I would honestly like to know.

NuKkU
NuKkU

lol another delay to 2010 man Spring is certainely looking like the new christmas :lol:

73X
73X

Can you just delay it indefinitely? It's an atrocity.

Beltsu
Beltsu

Just cancel the game, PLEASE!!!

D-RS
D-RS

oh no ! i am not gonna be able to play this game this fall !seriously who cares about this game ?