Raising its broadsword towards Uncharted, Call of Duty and Halo and charging in full war cry, Warner's Lord of the Rings: War in the North has been confirmed for a November release date for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Developer Snowblind (Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance) has described the 18-rated title as "mature" and "brutal", 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".
Warner explains: "The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, rated BBFC 18 (tbc), transports players to unknown lands, as yet unexplored in film, as they journey to the Northern lands of Middle-earth.
"Intertwining the characters and storyline of the novel and films, the game takes place in parallel with the well-known Ring Bearer's quest, but in the equally harsh and contested lands to the North, as the battle for Middle-earth's survival rages."
Snowblind showed off the game's large environments and brutal battles in a dev diary released earlier this year.