PlayStation Move-ing on Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest

Warner Bros.' family-friendly take on storied fantasy series will now support motion control on Sony's console; previously only for Wii, PS2, PSP, and DS.

Though the PlayStation Move was only unveiled hours ago, companies are already beginning to pile onto the PlayStation motion-control bandwagon. The first publisher to jump aboard post briefing was Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which announced Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest would support the LED controller- and camera-based system when it launches in the fall. The game was previously announced for the Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, and DS.

Warner Bros.' family-friendly take on Lord of the Rings will support the PlayStation Move.

Though it is based on director Peter Jackson's 2001-2003 live-action Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Aragorn's Quest is closer in spirit to the 1977 Rankin-Bass animated version of The Hobbit. According to WBIE, the title will be "the first Lord of the Rings game created specifically for kids and their families."

The game sees players taking control of the titular hero during his journeys to protect the Hobbit ringbearers on their quest to destroy the soul-corrupting One Ring and vanquish the evil Dark Lord Sauron. The cheerfully hued game will feature "a friendly, colorful rendition of Middle-Earth" and see players engaging in sword fights, lancing, and archery.

For more on Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest, check out GameSpot's hands-on preview from the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

Why is it that games that already have an established story and incredible cinematic design always end up looking like trash? I have yet to play a LOTR game that captures anything close to the films... and if I did, it didn't have the LOTR brand on it... I mean id they can make Demons Souls look that good, why on earth are we getting a LOTR game that looks like Looney Tunes? For godssakes just take your time and release a game that fans of the film will go bonkers for. Whatever... I've given up on LOTR, Aliens, and other book/movie franchises to games. I'll still buy it, but.... whatever.

PyroX4414
PyroX4414

I can't wait to see the hijinks of those wacky colorful Nazgul!

PyroX4414
PyroX4414

I can't wait to see the hijinks of those wacky colorful Nazgul!

TheLastCamba
TheLastCamba

The cartoonish design is not my favorite but if the movements are realistic with the PS Move, then it can become fun, not like Zelda for the wii that no matter what movement you did, Link would do the same movement all the time (pathetic) it was designed that way and I hope that this one isn't.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

wheres the bow? helllooo, he's a ranger... :: sighs :: whatever... looks like it could be fun...

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

Heavenly Sword 2 takes on a whole new meaning with the MOVE, not only guiding arrows, but drawing back the bow, firing them and then controlling them guiding them right into the face of a foe... in HD lol, they have to go there. Nariko's death bow on the MOVE. Dead Aim 2 is my major wish now that the Move has bean revealed. Capcom you can do it, you've still got some good in you... Resident Evil Dead Aim 2 in HD exclusive to the PS3, or at least lead platform them poo out lame ports to Wii60 if you must.

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

If the Playstation 3 wants to establish its "It can do everything" line further- I think they should try to aim for the middle mark with the Move. It'll be the first HD console with motion. The Wii's throne is ripe for the taking. When dad makes the decision on which toy he wants in his house and he hears he can do blu-ray AND high definition motion gaming? There needs to be something for him, too- maybe something for the sixteen year old kid that doesn't want to play Aragon's Quest either. When Sony copies something- they usually don't do very well. Their Mp3 players were a disaster (first generation mini-discs), The Sixaxis is laughably ignored in most games and feels like a tacked-on gimmick- I don't understand why they ignore a great piece of technology they already have? Since they are copying motion (and there's nothing wrong with that) Sony needs to bug a great developer for an RPG and utilize the Move for the people that have supported it the longest. Otherwise it's a guarantee back-fire. And sony will just be associated with shovelware like the Wii is /shrug. I just want them to support the Move 150% (aka work for all audiences individually) and not just stand there with a dumb grin and tell its buyers (like they did with the sixaxis) "that it's there". Then they'll win. Or Playstation gets Falcon Punched into the trash bin

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

@RadicalToeNail Hmm. Did I say LBP? I wouldn't call Little Big Planet catered to children. I'd say in its purest form it's a family game- but Aragon's Quest? Let's be honest. It's a kid's game. LBP takes some creativity and a little bit more know-how than any kid's Wii game I've seen. I was referring to LOTR, but since you want to come up with sales figures and trends- let's remember which audience has brought the PS3 success thus far. Hint: It's not little saplings. What I don't want Sony to do is become the latest and greatest shovelware magnet. Who cares right? People should. A focus on quality will be exclusive to all the great studios out there, otherwise most up & coming developers will just go for the easy buck- and before you know it we'll have Cold Stone: Icecreamery of the Crop for PS3. People hate to admit they associate the Wii with sub-par games, but that comes with what Nintendo catered to.

rasterror
rasterror

Great! Now the PS3 is gonna have ports of Wii shovel ware games.

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

lol drawf version Aragorn in PSP graphic? yeah right, we all know what's it gonna turn out.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Gee, a kiddy version of LotR.Might as well make it a Harry Potter game instead, same thing.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

I really hope this is good, but it's not sounding that way. :(

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

It doesn't look that bad from the trailer, not shovelware for sure. But the thing is you can never tell with LOTR games... whether this was Wii exclusive or PS3 developed you can never know if it will be good or bad when it's Lord of the Rings these days. The PS2 gen games were good tho..

tehepicpwnzor
tehepicpwnzor

NO! LORD OF THE RINGS IS GRUESOME AND VIOLENT, DON'T RUIN IT YOU IDIOTS! This will have a score of 6.5. I gurantee it.

Marky360
Marky360

@LunaDravo Man I hope your wrong but some how I get the feeling your right

damnet
damnet

oh man... when will they ever make a real deep RPG game(that is not a crappy MMO) deserving of the name LOtR? This is what happens when you sell out a fantastic franchise like this to WB, EA Activision or whatever... they turn it into a casual mess, the greatest Books ever written, tons of fantastic characters, an entire world with their own cultures and languages to use, lore, everything, and what do they do? stupid hack and slash games... and whenever I rear the term "family friendly" I fell like punching someone... also to the hell with the movies, give me something based on the REAL story.

Rand401
Rand401

Most of you are right. The game will be too childish for me to even consider picking this one up.

LunaDravo
LunaDravo

Like I predicted, PS3 will add tons of half-assed games... kinda like the Wii's done since it's release.

0Aragorn0
0Aragorn0

This is kinda a move I think that's not very surprising. They were already making this game for the wii anyway. Since PS3's Move appears to be very similar to the wii mechanics I see why the company was quick to jump on the ps3 bandwagon. I don't know if it's a good plan really for Sony...people are already grumbling that it's just a copy-cat to the Wii's controller so you'd think Sony would want to try to distance themselves as far from Nintendo as possible.

RE3_UBCS
RE3_UBCS

WTF is this ****? LoTR for kindergarten? How about we get something more with the movie and T-Rated, a proper hardcore LoTR game?

play_thegame
play_thegame

would prefer something more hardcore/ less kidish, but looks alright.

wonzan
wonzan

Not bad. Looks like a Wii game though........a fun one however!

peach79
peach79

Great. Here comes the avalanche of Shovelware Wii ports to PS3.

Mickleohb
Mickleohb

It actually looks like it might not be terrible. But I do hope that the PS3 version looks better graphically

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

It looks cool but I am so sick of the Lord of the Rings license for me to even care.

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

graphics a bit outdated for 2010 standards

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

@Gigas_Yuu If you're so financially set that you can toss your PS3 then go ahead if you feel the need to. You do know that Little Big Planet is family-oriented, right? I suppose Sony sold out because of it...

Seriously though, if you think that a console company can "sell out" then you're a little ignorant. They're in it for the money, not the games. The developers are the ones who are doing it for the games. It's kind of like the music business. A major record label can't really sell out. Their purpose is to make money and keep with the trends. The artists are the ones that choose to, or in some cases get put in a position by the label where they don't have much of a choice.

Sony is in it for the money already. No selling out. It's just what they are.

Black_Adder_
Black_Adder_

I'm sorry, but the trailer confirmed that there will be no Lord of the rings game i'd like...then again - I got asleep when I tried to watch one of the movies (the book "Hobbit" was my favourite when I was a kid, but the movies and video games have nothing from those books except from the name).

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

That screenshot with the knight and the field/cottage just looks like Fable

mikey1611
mikey1611

i'm 19 years old and I'm actually quite excited about this. It's like the Gladiator game we saw when it was demo'ed with the Move. Two Move controllers, an shield and a sword. Moving about! YAY! This can't be that bad.

IkedaTeramusa
IkedaTeramusa

Um, how is Lord of the Rings light and fluffy? In fact, the entire point of the book was with the coming of Sauron there were dark days. The world got drearier, outside of the Shire atleast. Each book got a little darker the closer it went. Of course, lets teach kids it's ok to swing swords at people, the mean little orcs will just smile and say "Ow". I predict ANOTHER LOTRO Bomb. Just like that multiplayer garbage that stunk. (not the MMO, the more recent one)

pakrulz
pakrulz

@honorofgod im sure u think that :P

newb16
newb16

@ PodXCOM When was the last time a video game character was based off of the books? This character is based off of the movies.

king_bobo
king_bobo

@ Gigas_Yuu - I don't think you can necessarily blame Sony for this, which by referring to the PS3 as a 'sellout' implies you are. If, when Move is released, there is an abundance of uninteresting and derivitive games published and developed by Sony for the platform, then yes - call them a sellout. Until then, let's hold out for the likes of SOCOM 4 and Motion Fighter :D

newb16
newb16

It looks like it could be pretty fun.

king_bobo
king_bobo

If that video footage is from the Wii/PS2 version of the game, it's quite impressive.graphically.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ Gigas_Yuu Eldar scrolls move...... I like it!!

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

Oh yay. More little kiddies are catered to by someone else besides Nintendo Despicable. Make up for it with Elder Scrolls Move or I will just toss my PS3 into the "sellout" bin

hot_shot_9
hot_shot_9

What! That image makes aragorn so dumb in my opinion. But then again it is for kids soooo. Anyway, the MOVE will have better things for it.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Zelda ripoff lol. But in a sort of cool way..sorta.

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

Wasn't Aragorn supposed to be ugly in the books?