March 11, 2010 – Burbank, Calif. – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, The Saul Zaentz Company and New Line Productions, Inc. announce today that The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest videogame will launch on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system with full support for PlayStation’s upcoming motion controller technology at the controller’s launch. This family-friendly action-adventure game, based on the films and literature of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, will ship in fall 2010 for the PlayStation 3 system, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, PSP system, Wii and Nintendo DS system.
In The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest videogame, players become the legendary hero Aragorn and relive his most daring battles from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The action-packed sword, bow and horseback adventures will be enhanced for players of all ages through high-quality graphics and gameplay created especially for the PlayStation 3 system. Utilizing PlayStation’s upcoming motion controller for precision through mastery, The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest videogame engages players with intuitive motion-control gameplay where every controller gesture instantly and accurately translates to weapon strikes in the game. Exclusively for the PlayStation 3 system and Wii, two-player motion controlled co-op gameplay featuring Gandalf allows kids, families and friends to battle side-by-side in the heart of the action.
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest videogame will feature the voice talents of actor Sean Astin (Rudy, The Goonies, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and actor and vocal artist John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy). Both Astin and Rhys-Davies will reprise their on-screen roles of Samwise Gamgee and Gimli. The game also showcases original in-game music tracks along with music from The Lord of the Rings film scores created by composer Howard Shore.
The release of The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest videogame will be preceded by two highly anticipated The Lord of the Rings home entertainment offerings as well as collectible merchandise. Warner Home Video will launch Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy on Blu-ray Disc April 6, 2010 as The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy. The set will also be available day and date on Video on Demand from cable and satellite providers. The literal adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings Animated Version will be released in an all-new Deluxe Edition on Blu-ray Disc for the first time on April 13, 2010.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products has teamed up with top licensees Games Workshop Ltd., Tonner Doll Company, Inc., Sideshow Collectibles, The Noble Collection, WETA, Pez Candy, Funko, LLC, Bioworld Merchandising Inc. and WMS Gaming to create an array of merchandise supporting The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, including apparel and accessories, novelties and collectibles, stationery and paper goods, toys and games.
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest is developed for Wii by Headstrong Games and for the PlayStation 3 system, PlayStation 2 system, PSP system and Nintendo DS by TT Fusion. For more information visit www.aragornsquest.com.
About Middle-earth Enterprises
The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises f/k/a Tolkien Enterprises (SZC), is the holder of worldwide motion picture, legitimate stage, merchandising, and other rights in the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien including “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”. SZC has been producing and licensing films, stage productions and merchandise based on the Tolkien works for more than 30 years. Its headquarters are located in Berkeley, California and its Middle-earth Enterprises’ website may be found at www.middleearth.com.
About New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema continues to be one of the most successful independent film companies. For more than 40 years, its mission has been to produce innovative, popular, profitable entertainment in the best creative environment. A pioneer in franchise filmmaking, New Line produced the Oscar-winning “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, which is a landmark in the history of film franchises. New Line Cinema is a division of Warner Bros.
About Headstrong Games
Based in the heart of London Headstrong Games Ltd. is part of Kuju Entertainment Ltd. The studio develops for a variety of hardware platforms and is a specialist in producing titles for the Wii. http://www.headstrong-games.com/
About TT Fusion
TT Fusion (formerly Embryonic Studios) is a BAFTA award winning game development studio based in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England.
About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.