"With his far reaching rich hand Sauron might have done great evil in the North. Yet all that has been averted because a handful of heroes stood in his path."
- Gandalf the White
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a co-op Action RPG that immerses you and your friends in a brutal new chapter in the War of the Ring. Snowblind Studios is in the unique position of drawing inspiration from both the literary and film rights to world of Middle-earth, allowing players to bloody their axes on a wide range of deadly enemies and traverse both established and never-before-seen locations. The result is a journey that is both epic and intimate, familiar yet unexpected.
ACTION MEETS RPG
Intense, visceral, and satisfying combat. Rich, layered, and impactful character progression. In War in the North, you get both. Find and equip the best loot, upgrade your hero using a wide range of skills and items, and feel the intense satisfaction of rushing into real-time battles with friends by your side. Fight through the brutal realities of the war on all fronts that were brought to life in the lore. Immerse yourself and make your own mark on Middle-earth.
CO-OP AT ITS CORE
Build your own fellowship of three heroes to confront the growing army in the North. The survival of your group and all of Middle-earth depends upon your uniquely skilled heroes working together. You must fight together or you will die alone, and these high stakes make the experience of playing together both socially engaging and incredibly satisfying. The first time you rescue a friend who has been grabbed by a troll and is desperately yelling for help, you will understand what we mean.
AN UNTOLD STORY
While much attention and focus has been placed on the journey of the One Ring, the assault on Middle-earth hits all corners of the map. War in the North turns our attention towards an integral part of the storyline that is grounded in details within the books and various appendices. This is not someone else's fight. This is your own effort to forage a way through the dark, dangerous, and unknown landscape, defending all that is yours. This is your war.
Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a fantasy role-playing video game set in J.R.R. Tolkein's Middle Earth and which very closely follows the art direction in the Peter Jackson (director) Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy. The game art, especially in the various outfits characters can acquire, is extremely detailed; and the locations frequently feature beautiful vistas stretching to a far horizon.
Sadly, because of the over-the-shoulder camera, the best views are rarely unobstructed by the character, especially when angling up or down. In a few of the cutscenes in the Single Player campaign, however, the player can glimpse the vast wider world beyond the bounds of the game.
Three types of characters are available: the Dúnedain Ranger, the Champion of Erebor, and the Loremaster of Rivendell. Face and hair customization is sharply limited, especially in the preset facial choices.
Our gallery focusses on gameplay footage in large-screen high-resolution video capture, and most of our screenshots are from cutscenes, with no game interface in the way.
A different take on the War in the North as a strategy game with armies led by heroes (and also using the art direction established in the Peter Jackson motion picture trilogy) is Battle for Middle Earth II.