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.
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.