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Overview

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is an action/role-playing game developed by Snowblind Studios and published by WB Games for multiple platforms.

Background

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North features unseen lands in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth and authentic plot elements coinciding with the War of the Ring. It also features characters not featured in the books or films, a concept reminiscent of The Third Age.

The game features stronger graphic violence than previous Lord of the Rings games and was the first game in the series to receive an M rating from the ESRB.

Gameplay

Featuring upgradeable and customizable weapons and abilities that advance alongside the characters, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is expected to be a modern mix of action and role-playing elements. The player may choose from one of three races, the Race of Man, Dwarves, and Elves. In a departure from the license, the game will feature a mature campaign featuring copious amounts of black blood blanketing your character while hacking and slashing enemies. Players can also hack off limbs and appendages, leaving enemies crippled and writhing in pain. Cooperative play and other unique online systems have also been promised.

Loot!

Like other action-RPGs, War in the North promises large amounts of randomly generated loot to covet, collect, and deck out your character with.

Cooperative Multiplayer

War in the North will support three-player "interdependent" cooperative play.

The co-op can be played via local split-screen, LAN or online. Drop in/out is featured for players, and there is always one of each race to create a balanced play and use the strengths of each. AI takes over if there is only one or two players to create the fellowship of 3.

Announcement

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North was announced on March 17th, 2010 with a half minute concept trailer, and a target release date of 2011 (quarter/date unspecified). The announcement coincided with a Playstation Magazine exclusive cover story.

It has since been officially announced as a release in NA for 1st November 2011, EU 4th November 2011 and Aus 2nd November 2011.

Character Abilities

Eradan: Ranger of the North

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  • Evasion: Grants temporary invisibility
  • Ranger Strike: A fast attack to a single enemy for extra damage
  • Heavy Shot: Does more damage then a regular arrow
  • Onslaught: A surprise attack while stealth
  • Critical Wound: Increase critical hit damage
  • Dual Wield: Allow you to equip two 1-handed weapons
  • Combat Training: Increases Ranger strike damage
  • Heavy Weapons: Increases damage of 2-Handed swords
  • Bow Mastery: Increases damage and reload speed of your Bow
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  • In the Flow: Regenerate health and power while Evasion is active
  • Smoke and Flame: Upgrades Evasion to stun enemies when you disappear
  • Dual Strike: Attacks multiple enemies - requires Dual Wield
  • Cunning: Increased damage if you attack from behind
  • Cleave: A sweeping attack that hits multiple targets - Requires a 2-handed sword
  • Mark Target: Stuns and enemy and allows for a critical hit
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Andriel: Loremaster of Rivendell

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  • Sanctuary: A shield that protects against ranged attacks
  • Word of Force: A blast that knocks back enemies in all directions
  • Charge Staff: Fires multiple projectiles
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  • Wisdom Aura: Increase the experience gained by the fellowship
  • Staff and Steel: Allows for dual wielding of a 1-handed weapon and a staff
  • Loremaster's Reach: Upgrades the range of Word of Force and Tempest abilities
  • Tempest: A blast of elemental energy
  • Staff Master: Increase damage done by staffs
  • Amplify Staff: Increase staffs rate of fire and the damage done by charged shots
  • Focused Mind: Regenerate power more quickly
  • Shield of Elbereth: A temporary armor increase
  • Impact: High damage to a single target with the chance to chain to other enemies at higher ranks
  • Quickminded: Reduces active abilities cool-down time
  • Nature's Blessing: Increases your primary attributes
  • Elemental Affinity: Increases elemental damage
  • Wrath of the Eldar: The energy of Sanctuary is discharged damaging the enemies around you
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Ferin: Warrior of Erebor

DefenseCombatRanged
  • War-Cry:
  • Sweeping Strike: An attack that can damage multiple enemies over a large area
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  • Shield Bash: Stuns target - Also increase armor gain from shields
  • Mighty Reach: Range is increased for Sweeping Strike, Ground Pound, and Whirlwind abilities
  • Fortitude: When War-Cry is active the fellowship gain health regeneration
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  • Focus: Reduces active abilities cool-down time
  • Whirlwind: Ferin releases a fury of attacks - Replaces Sweeping Strike - Requires a sword
  • Conditioning: Health regeneration is increased
  • Earthshaker: A mighty area attack lays waste to all around you - Replaces Sweeping Strike - Requires a Hammer, Axe, or Mace
  • Crossbow Adept: Increases bolt capacity of you crossbow
  • Heavy Bolt: A high damage shot to a single target
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Collector's Edition

There will be a collector's edition available of The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, which will have an MSRP value of $129.99. It will include the following:

Collector's Edition
  • War in the North art book
  • Inside Look: The music of War in the North mini-documentary
  • Ranger of the north Quiver Case
  • Digital Content (360: Avatar Items, PS3: XMB Wallpapers and Icons)

The European collector's edition features similar items, with:

  • Snow Troll figure (instead of the Quiver Case)
  • War in the North art book
  • Inside Look: The music of War in the North mini-documentary
  • DLC code for the Lothlorien challenge map

PC System Requirements

MinimumRecommended
  • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD 64 X2 4400
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 2006 or later GeForce 8600 or Radeon HD 2600
  • DirectX®: dx9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 10 GB HD space
  • Sound: 100% DirectX 9 compatible Audio Device
  • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 3 GHz or AMD X2 5000 or AMD Phenom X4 9600
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 2xx Series or Radeon HD 6xxx series or greater
  • DirectX®: dx9.0c

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