LEGO Lord of the Rings Announced
Miranda L Visser / Jun 1st, 2012 No Comments
As E3 looms, developers and publishers alike flock to announce their biggest upcoming titles, fighting to rise to the top of the pile of press releases and get the most attention. Today began with an announcement from Warner Bros. Interactive and TT Games.
In (what seems to be) conjunction with the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the first LEGO Lord of the Rings game will hit stores nationwide sometime during fall 2012, likely before the release of the movie to get fans pumped up and hitting the theaters in December.
The debut trailer will get fans of the series riled up as it gives a glimpse at that iconic moment in the motion picture series. Hint: “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”
While the game is to be based specifically on the movie adaptations, Lord of the Rings buffs can likely expect references to J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic books. TT Games has made similar gestures to fans of the other series they have released game adaptations of: Star Wars and Harry Potter.
TT Games has a knack for inserting the perfect amount of humor while still maintaining the feel of the story. There was nothing quite as satisfying as cutting through rebel scum as Count Dooku in LEGO Star Wars and watching tiny little lego pieces scatter across the ground.
The trailer reveals absolutely nothing in the way of gameplay and precious little about the story of the game, other than confirming that it will include pieces of the adventure of Frodo Baggins as was covered in the movies and books.
TT Games did confirm that Frodo, Aragon, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Sam, Merry and Pippin will all be playable characters. However, if the developers follow in the footsteps of their other titles there will be many more characters that the player can take charge of. This is something I will be hoping for as of the current list, there an obvious lack of female characters which, while representative of the protagonists in the series, might do with expanding. The already present diversity among the characters, however, will allow for the utilization of many different play styles and strategies.
LEGO Lord of the Rings will be available this fall on: Xbox 360; Playstation 3 and Vita; Nintendo Wii, DS and 3DS; and PC. You can get your first look at the title in the trailer at their website!
I, personally, look most forward to playing as Gandalf (for obvious reasons a.k.a. It’s Gandalf). Who are you looking most forward to? Tell us in the comments.