Warner Brothers announced the purchase of a controlling share in Rocksteady Studios, who are the creators of the excellent Batman: Arkham Asylum video game. It’s almost as if they allowed Rocksteady to use the Batman license as a trial run, in anticipation of a purchase later on. Rocksteady certainly proved themselves, and I hope that they also give Superman a shot, once they’ve finished Arkham Asylum 2.
Over the course of the press release, it was revealed that Warner Brothers had purchased Traveller’s Tales back in 2005. A fact that I had forgotten, if I ever knew it, because they keep releasing Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones games, with the second Indy recently released, and Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars coming out later this year. Back in 2009, they purchased Snowblind Studios to develop their Lord of the Rings game franchise. But is there room for a Lego Lord of the Rings?
I’m going to say an emphatic yes! Afterall, with what they’re doing with Batman, there is clearly room in the marketplace: Lego Batman and Batman: Arkham Asylum are currently available, with both Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 and Batman: The Brave and the Bold in the works for later this year. There are also many Harry Potter games based on each of the movies, and Lego Harry Potter is coming out very soon.
There is certainly room for Lego Lord of the Rings among all of the other Lord of the Rings video games that are in the works. Heck, if they do that one now, they can also begin work on a sequel to coincide with the Hobbit films in 2011/12 (or 2012/13 if they are delayed). I don’t see them making Lego Silmarillion any time soon, however. Either way, this is something that I would love to play, as the Lego games tend to be a comedic look at the films, while also keeping with the spirit of the story. And The Lord of the Rings fits the mold of all of the other Lego games: it has a LOT of great characters that people could use.
With that, I say: Lego Lord of the Rings – make it happen, WB!
-via Deadline Hollywood
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