Lord of the Rings: War in the North all about “fellowship”

Monday, 6th June 2011 05:16 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The co-op experience is central to Lord of the Rings: The War in the North, according to Snowblind Studios.

“That’s really what we want,” producer Ruth Tomandl told Gamespot.

“For core gamers to be able to play a game that challenges them with someone who might not be a core gamer but who really likes Lord of the Rings or who wants to play that couch co-op action RPGs.”

Warner Bros. put Snowblind on the project thanks to its past credits in the genre, including Baldur’s gate: Dark Alliance and Champions of Norrath.

“Snowblind’s history is co-op action RPGs. That’s what they’re known for – that’s really what we’re good at,” Tomandl said.

“So when Warner Bros. acquired Snowblind and acquired the rights to Lord of the Rings for games, they knew it was a really great match. They really wanted a Lord of the Rings game that focussed on co-op, focussed on that fellowship aspect of it, that idea of working together.

“That’s really Snowblind’s strength, so that’s why they chose us for it.”

War in the North will support single player, or two- to three-player multiplayer on all three platforms.

Both console version will support splitscreen in addition to online multiplayer, meaning you and a buddy can sit side-by-side on the couch and be joined by a third over the Internet.

If you prefer to go it alone or only bring one mate, then the AI takes over. Tomandl commented that the AI is “actually really good at the game”.

See the full interview below. War in the North is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in late August.



  1. xino

    co-op is always a plus in my book!
    so i’m looking forward to this game

    the only problem with Middle-earth is that there are no black people in it:/

    i’m sorry if people are going to complain about long hours and low pay in game development, they should gtfo and stop making games!
    Motivation and passion is the reason why you do a job you love doing, so whether you get long hours or low pay, your passion is why you are working.
    (not directed to Ruth)

    #1 4 years ago
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    #2 4 years ago
  3. KingCancer

    @1 why should they invest the long hours when companies like activision refuse to share the reward of success?

    she raises a valid point. if we lose the most creative minds because work conditions destroy personal/family lives or drain a person of there creativity and passion then we all lose when they leave.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. mehdidante

    they always remove the splitscreen on pc . i dunno why . u can use gamepad or xbox pad on pc . thats why the pc version sell is low .

    #4 4 years ago

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