Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces The Lord of the Rings: Aragorns Quest

May 28, 2009

Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment Announces The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest

Franchise plans include games
across multiple genres and platforms

Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment today announced 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, PlayStation 2 and PSP 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,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros.
Interactive Entertainment. “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.”

“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,” said Fredrica Drotos,
Business Affairs, The Saul Zaentz Company. “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.”

In The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s
Quest, preparations are underway in Hobbiton for a great party to welcome
Aragorn, King of Gondor, and honor Samwise Gamgee for his service during the War
of the Ring. The children of the town are eager to learn more of this great man
and so Samwise, now Mayor, embarks on a tale of the revered warrior, Strider—as
Aragorn is known in his Ranger days—and his most valiant battles. Players assume
the role of Aragorn and embark on his greatest quests from The Lord of the Rings
trilogy as they wield his sword, bow or spear on foot and on horseback through
an action-packed gameplay experience. On the Wii platform, two-player co-op
gameplay featuring Gandalf will allow kids, families and friends to work
together in the heart of the action.

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s
Quest is being developed for Wii by Headstrong Games and for Nintendo DS,
PlayStation 2 and PSP by TT Fusion. For more information visit
www.aragornsquest.com.