First Look: LEGO Lord of the Rings

Remember how we just learned last week that LEGO Batman 2 will feature speaking characters — a first for a LEGO video game? Well, today Warner Bros. Interactive (finally) took the wraps off of LEGO Lord of the Rings, and it looks like these characters will speak, too, using dialogue taken straight from the films.

LEGO Lord of the Rings teaser art

This Fall, LEGO lovers everywhere will get to re-experience The Lord of the Rings trilogy in video game form, as TT Games puts its trademark spin on the saga. As always, you’ll be able to enjoy drop-in/drop-out co-op play that’s family-friendly, filled with puzzles and battles that are sure to keep you coming back for more.

As for that voice issue… WBIE ain’t saying just yet how that’s going to work. Their press release merely mentions that players will be able to “harness the humor and imagination of LEGO gameplay” in the new title. If they’re planning on using dialogue taken straight from the films, as spoken by the original actors, I don’t see how that lends itself to the witty humor the LEGO games are known for. It’s possible that they merely sampled those clips from the films for this trailer, but that’s not really their style, either. So I have to assume that TT Games is doing something in between the two — using the movies’ audio when it’s appropriate, while throwing in some winks at the audience along the way. Sounds like a difficult tightrope to walk, and I don’t envy the developers.

Players will be able to play as virtually any character in Middle Earth, following their journeys across the land to destroy the One Ring and Sauron, forever. Warner Bros. is releasing versions of the game for all the usual suspects: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, 3DS, PlayStation Vita, and PC. (So much foresight and planning to simultaneously release the game for so many different formats, and they ignore one of the biggest and most lucrative platforms there is — iOS? Seems like a serious oversight, no?)

Stay tuned for more about LEGO Lord of the Rings from E3 next week. In the meantime, enjoy the first trailer and screenshots.

LEGO Lord of the Rings screenshot

LEGO Lord of the Rings screenshot

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