Warner Bros. to launch game franchise on Lord of the Rings

MUMBAI: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has inked a long-term partnership with The Saul Zaentz Company and New Line Productions, Inc. for literary and film rights to develop and publish games based on The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

As part of the game franchise, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will publish multiple games across many genres designed to appeal to a wide range of unique gamers, including hard-core RPG fans and families. The first game will be The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest, a new third-person action adventure videogame offering an authentic gameplay experience based on The Lord of the Rings that all ages can play together on Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation2 and PSP (PlayStationPortable) system in Fall 2009.

"The Lord of the Rings franchise is world renowned for its captivating adventures, and we are creating new experiences in the game space designed to appeal to a wide array of consumer tastes from core to casual. The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest is the first of many different types of games we will be developing with the film and literary rights. It is also the first game allowing kids and their families to interact in their favorite locations and stories from The Lord of the Rings with accessible gameplay," said Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment president Martin Tremblay.

"We are looking forward to continuing The Lord of the Rings’ amazing legacy with new videogames that capture and expand upon elements from the trilogy. The first title with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest, is set in a colorful, action-filled rendition of Middle-earth that will appeal to new and dedicated fans," said The Saul Zaentz Company business affairs Fredrica Drotos.

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest is being developed for Wii by Headstrong Games and for Nintendo DS, PlayStation2 and PSP (PlayStationPortable) system by TT Fusion.

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