The upcoming action RPG Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a departure from past games based on the franchise in a few significant ways. First, it's based on an all-new story, told with the approval and cooperation of the Tolkien estate. Next, it fuses elements from both the books and Peter Jackson's film adaptations, including character and armor designs, as well as elements such as the music. Finally, it's rated M. After watching this new developer diary from the team at Snowblind Studios, it's clear where that rating came from.

The video, called "Blood and Steel," explains how players will be able to chain together their attacks in killstreaks, which lets players deal more damage while simultaneously accruing more experience. During battles, players can chop off the limbs and heads of their foes as well. Ruth Tomandl, the game's producers, says that the game is faithful to the brutality described in the books and shown in the movies. Zach Peterson, the game's designer, explains that if you hit an opponents' head, it's gone. Or, as he puts it, "It's a home-run hit."

Watch the clip below, and click through the gallery to see a few new screens from the game. You can also check out our earlier preview on the game here.