Warner Bros. embarks on Aragorn’s Quest

The Lord of the Rings game adaptations have never really equaled the awe-inspiring majesty of Peter Jackson’s butt-numbing trilogy, something aptly demonstrated by the lackluster Lord of the Rings: Conquest from Pandemic Studios and EA.

While EA’s last title remains a point of internet controversy (rumors are abound that EA’s rights expired 2 weeks after the title was published so they forced it out without proper polish) the franchise’s rights were handed back to Warner Bros. who, smelling a profit, started the money machine turning by developing their own title. What that was remained a mystery… Until now…

Is is a brutal but engaging fighter with epic scope? Nope. Is it a tactical war-based strategy game? Nope. Is it a deep but rewarding role-playing game? Nope. What is it? Brace yourself… It’s, “the first Lord of the Rings videogame created specifically for kids and their families.”

Revealed as part of an E3 “first look,” The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest will reportedly feature “a friendly, colorful rendition of Middle-Earth”. Immediately visions of an LOTR-flavored Wind Waker start dancing through our heads. Whether that’s a good or bad thing will no doubt be revealed during E3 but LOTR’s notoriously passionate fan base will surely have plenty more to say about it than us.

Details are scant at the moment but the title will involve swordplay and archery and will task Aragorn to find and destroy the evil Sauron. There’s no confirmation of what platforms the title is in development for or when it will be released.