Trailers: Lord of the Rings: War in the North Untold Story Trailer

Lord of the Rings: War in the North Untold Story Trailer

The developers of Lord of the Rings: War in the North discuss the importance of the war to Middle Earth and the role of the player in it.

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Ooooooooh... Looks great! I've never even heard of this before, but the lore ehind it sounds intriguing.

Ehh... as much as I like Lord of the Rings... I'm a little irritated that it seems to be going down the same road as Star Wars.

Looking good. And it's quite interesting that the Angmar/Carn Dum in this game looks quite similar to Turbine's interpretation of it from LOTRO.

It looks great, it's just a shame the female character may as well be called "Token", for her appearance and presence.
Tolkien's Token, if you would.

haha, did anyone else think she was dressed like an elf at first?

It looks a lot like Dragon Age to be honest. I don't know how it plays, but graphically the two games look very similar, which isn't necessarily a point in the games favour because Dragon Age was quite an ugly game. If it plays well though, has some interesting depth to it, it should be good. The Return of the King game was pretty great and I think if this goes for the hack and slash route it'll have no problem finding it's own place. If it's an RPG though, then I hope that it is a very different RPG to Dragon Age: Origins, otherwise it's going to known as that DA:O rip-off, which would be unfortunate.

Ugh, I like a good hack and slash as much as the next person, but as a Tolkien fan, I really don't like what they are doing to the lore here. They seem to be taking an incredibly loose interpretation of the lore-Angmar fell a long time before the events in LOTR and the Hobbit, Carn Dum shouldn't be a threat anymore. The *real* war in the north consisted of the Elves storming Sauron's fortress in Mirkwood and the battles of the men of Erebor and the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain vs the armies of the Easterlings-Carn Dum wasn't important, the fortress of Dol Gulder in Mirkwood was.

Any claims that they are attempting to be faithful to the books is nonsense. I wish they had just made another Champions of Norrath game instead, it makes me sad to see the lore of one of my favorite stories walked all over like this.

Fire Daemon:
It looks a lot like Dragon Age to be honest. I don't know how it plays, but graphically the two games look very similar, which isn't necessarily a point in the games favour because Dragon Age was quite an ugly game. If it plays well though, has some interesting depth to it, it should be good. The Return of the King game was pretty great and I think if this goes for the hack and slash route it'll have no problem finding it's own place. If it's an RPG though, then I hope that it is a very different RPG to Dragon Age: Origins, otherwise it's going to known as that DA:O rip-off, which would be unfortunate.

Nope, it's going to be a semi team oriented hack and slash, similar to what Snowblind was famous for in the PS2 days. What I mean by semi team based is that the 3 characters are supposed to be able to interact in several ways (magic guy freezes something, melee guy shatters it, etc.) but it's definitely not supposed to be an RPG by any means. I'd say the RotK comparison is a pretty good one, except this game seems like it will be more of a continuous story than the sort of piece meal jump around in the story way RotK was.

StriderShinryu:

Fire Daemon:
It looks a lot like Dragon Age to be honest. I don't know how it plays, but graphically the two games look very similar, which isn't necessarily a point in the games favour because Dragon Age was quite an ugly game. If it plays well though, has some interesting depth to it, it should be good. The Return of the King game was pretty great and I think if this goes for the hack and slash route it'll have no problem finding it's own place. If it's an RPG though, then I hope that it is a very different RPG to Dragon Age: Origins, otherwise it's going to known as that DA:O rip-off, which would be unfortunate.

Nope, it's going to be a semi team oriented hack and slash, similar to what Snowblind was famous for in the PS2 days. What I mean by semi team based is that the 3 characters are supposed to be able to interact in several ways (magic guy freezes something, melee guy shatters it, etc.) but it's definitely not supposed to be an RPG by any means. I'd say the RotK comparison is a pretty good one, except this game seems like it will be more of a continuous story than the sort of piece meal jump around in the story way RotK was.

Ah, that sounds pretty interesting then. I'll have to pay more attention to this game in the future.

One Question: Will I be able to play as/unlock Beorn or Radagast?
That's pretty much all I care about for this game.

Hm never before heard story except it was in BFME2, and the MMO

This looks so damn generic to me.
Am i spoiled or something?

It looks all pretty, but very similar to other fantasy games. Course, it is also in the series that has pretty much defined epic fantasy for the last 100 years or so...

Never heard about this before. All that matters is that it stays as true to the books as possible, and has a good gameplay.

The only LOTR games I've played are the RTS's: The Battles For Middle-Earth.

Speaking as a Lord of the Rings fanboy AWESOME!!

Just looks like LoTRO for solo play?

As someone said above, Carn Dum wasn't said to matter in the books. It was the elves and the dwarves fighting off the bad guys, as in BFMEII.

I can take a loose interpretation, though - just because no one mentioned it in the books doesn't mean it wasn't happening. Maybe when they last got their information it wasn't.

I'm disappointed that no one can seem to come up with something that isn't about the war in the north (BFMEII, LotRO, this) or the main storyline. Some of the best Star Wars games are off the beaten path (KotOR, anyone?), and I imagine much the same kind of thing would be true for LotRO.

Can I at least have a game where I play as the Last Alliance against Sauron and his army? At least in a preview or something?

It looks a bit too... 'Tolkien' for me... So far I haven't seen anything mind blowingly awesome from it other then the fact its a Lord of the rings game. Also Mages/Wizards using their staffs in melee combat just pisses me off.

Yay Carn Dum, that never gets old!

(Speaking of which, I still have deeds to grind out there...)

At least it looks cool/evil, and most importantly, BIG.

And this new Lieutenant character? Looks interesting, to say the least.

Great, something to fill the gap between Bulletstorm and Portal 2.

It doesn't look that different from the Middle Earth I've seen, honestly.

YES, hopefully they can make another good LOTR game. Havent had one in a while, and I love them too.

im pretty sure i did all that in LOTRO

Kanoh is the Master of Carn Dum for about 3 years now

Oroboros:
Ugh, I like a good hack and slash as much as the next person, but as a Tolkien fan, I really don't like what they are doing to the lore here. They seem to be taking an incredibly loose interpretation of the lore-Angmar fell a long time before the events in LOTR and the Hobbit, Carn Dum shouldn't be a threat anymore. The *real* war in the north consisted of the Elves storming Sauron's fortress in Mirkwood and the battles of the men of Erebor and the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain vs the armies of the Easterlings-Carn Dum wasn't important, the fortress of Dol Gulder in Mirkwood was.

Any claims that they are attempting to be faithful to the books is nonsense. I wish they had just made another Champions of Norrath game instead, it makes me sad to see the lore of one of my favorite stories walked all over like this.

...What are you talking about? Seriously I am lost. Did they talk about the War in the North with Dol Gulder or any of that in the Felloship or Hobbit books? Or was there another set of books I lost.

Please help - you have confuzzled my poor mind ><

Actually, Snowblind, your Middle Earth looks pretty much indistinguishable from everyone else's Middle Earth. From the ribbed architecture that indicates a Mordor building to the way the "evil" mountains generally are superimposed on a red and black sky.

Captain Placeholder:

Oroboros:
Ugh, I like a good hack and slash as much as the next person, but as a Tolkien fan, I really don't like what they are doing to the lore here. They seem to be taking an incredibly loose interpretation of the lore-Angmar fell a long time before the events in LOTR and the Hobbit, Carn Dum shouldn't be a threat anymore. The *real* war in the north consisted of the Elves storming Sauron's fortress in Mirkwood and the battles of the men of Erebor and the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain vs the armies of the Easterlings-Carn Dum wasn't important, the fortress of Dol Gulder in Mirkwood was.

Any claims that they are attempting to be faithful to the books is nonsense. I wish they had just made another Champions of Norrath game instead, it makes me sad to see the lore of one of my favorite stories walked all over like this.

...What are you talking about? Seriously I am lost. Did they talk about the War in the North with Dol Gulder or any of that in the Felloship or Hobbit books? Or was there another set of books I lost.

Please help - you have confuzzled my poor mind ><

Appendix B lays out the occurrences of the War in the North out quite plainly, that's at the end of Return of the King book. The elves are assaulted from Dol Gulder, not Carn Dum. The only part of importance that Carn Dum has in LOTR is when the hobbits get attacked by the barrow wights-the spirits of the dead of Angmar. Dol Gulder fell a long time before the evens of the war of the ring.

Oroboros:

Captain Placeholder:

Oroboros:
Ugh, I like a good hack and slash as much as the next person, but as a Tolkien fan, I really don't like what they are doing to the lore here. They seem to be taking an incredibly loose interpretation of the lore-Angmar fell a long time before the events in LOTR and the Hobbit, Carn Dum shouldn't be a threat anymore. The *real* war in the north consisted of the Elves storming Sauron's fortress in Mirkwood and the battles of the men of Erebor and the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain vs the armies of the Easterlings-Carn Dum wasn't important, the fortress of Dol Gulder in Mirkwood was.

Any claims that they are attempting to be faithful to the books is nonsense. I wish they had just made another Champions of Norrath game instead, it makes me sad to see the lore of one of my favorite stories walked all over like this.

...What are you talking about? Seriously I am lost. Did they talk about the War in the North with Dol Gulder or any of that in the Felloship or Hobbit books? Or was there another set of books I lost.

Please help - you have confuzzled my poor mind ><

Appendix B lays out the occurrences of the War in the North out quite plainly, that's at the end of Return of the King book. The elves are assaulted from Dol Gulder, not Carn Dum. The only part of importance that Carn Dum has in LOTR is when the hobbits get attacked by the barrow wights-the spirits of the dead of Angmar. Dol Gulder fell a long time before the evens of the war of the ring.

This guy got it right. I'm thinking that Snowblind are probably making it so the armies in the north reclaim and rebuild Carn Dum as a staging point for the invasions of the lands west of the Misty Mountains. However, they damn well better include everything that happens on the east side. Almost more battles took place in the North than in the South. Lothlorien was invaded I think thrice. Erebor and Dale was on the brink of falling to the massive Easterling army, except that at the last hour when both the Dwarven King and King of Dale were dead, news of the defeat of Mordors armies in the south made the army retreat. Certainly many things can be thought of that is historically accurate to the books without needing to extrapolate too much.

Oroboros:
Any claims that they are attempting to be faithful to the books is nonsense. I wish they had just made another Champions of Norrath game instead, it makes me sad to see the lore of one of my favorite stories walked all over like this.

They said that they really liked what they did with Carn Dum. Not that it's the main point of the game. So the jury is still out I reckon.

I just like the fact the Dwarves are going to get some love in this. Tolkien himself always focused on the Elves whereas the Dwarves are doing great stuff off-page. Curious to see if they're going with the modern Scottish-beer-chugging Dwarf or try and break that mould, because Tolkien sure as heck never put in that accent.

Oroboros:

Captain Placeholder:

Oroboros:
Ugh, I like a good hack and slash as much as the next person, but as a Tolkien fan, I really don't like what they are doing to the lore here. They seem to be taking an incredibly loose interpretation of the lore-Angmar fell a long time before the events in LOTR and the Hobbit, Carn Dum shouldn't be a threat anymore. The *real* war in the north consisted of the Elves storming Sauron's fortress in Mirkwood and the battles of the men of Erebor and the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain vs the armies of the Easterlings-Carn Dum wasn't important, the fortress of Dol Gulder in Mirkwood was.

Any claims that they are attempting to be faithful to the books is nonsense. I wish they had just made another Champions of Norrath game instead, it makes me sad to see the lore of one of my favorite stories walked all over like this.

...What are you talking about? Seriously I am lost. Did they talk about the War in the North with Dol Gulder or any of that in the Felloship or Hobbit books? Or was there another set of books I lost.

Please help - you have confuzzled my poor mind ><

Appendix B lays out the occurrences of the War in the North out quite plainly, that's at the end of Return of the King book. The elves are assaulted from Dol Gulder, not Carn Dum. The only part of importance that Carn Dum has in LOTR is when the hobbits get attacked by the barrow wights-the spirits of the dead of Angmar. Dol Gulder fell a long time before the evens of the war of the ring.

Oh, ok. Thanks for clearing that up :D

This could be good. I enjoyed LOTRO and the Battle for Middle Earth 2. I hope we get to go places like Dale and the Dwarven area.

I really want the game but I bet the story will not be great :D

 

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