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Lord of the Rings: War in the North announced

New Tolkien action RPG for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

Warner Bros. has just announced Lord of the Rings: War in the North, an action RPG due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2011.

Developed in association with Middle-earth Enterprises, War in the North is said to explore both original and familiar narrative elements based on both the literary and motion picture content from The Lord of the Rings.

Warner calls the game "a mature RPG" set in Middle-earth, with "innovative online, interdependent co-op play for up to three players who form their own Fellowship to fight Sauron's forces in the North."

"Exploring unseen lands, story elements and characters from Middle-earth as well as elements familiar from past feature films, gamers will experience extensive character customization and development, expansive co-op gameplay options and upgradeable weapons, skills and special abilities," says the publisher.

Snowblind Studios, which is developing the game, had this to say: "In The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Snowblind will deliver an action RPG for core gamers featuring authentic narrative and environmental locations from J.R.R. Tolkien's original The Lord of the Rings," said founder, Ryan Geithman.

"This game is a natural evolution of the acclaimed RPG gameplay that Snowblind has consistently delivered over the past years. Players and fans will experience an innovative approach to online co-op gameplay, woven throughout every facet of the game in a way that only Snowblind can deliver."

Sounds promising. There's a teaser trailer for the game over on the official War in the North site.