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Guardians of Middle-Earth, Lord of the Rings MOBA game announced

Warner Bros. has announced that it is currently developing a new MOBA title based on the Lord of the Rings series. Called "Guardians of Middle-Earth," the game is being prepped for a fall 2012 release to prime fantasy fans for the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

It's being planned as a dual-release on both the PlayStation Network as well as Xbox Live, and is being developed by the studs over at Monolith Productions who also created the F.E.A.R. series and Gotham City Imposters.

We're being told that the game will feature League of Legends-style 5v5 matches starring 20 different mega-heroes from the Lord of the Rings franchise like Gandalf, Sauron, and Gollum. Though the other heroes haven't yet been named, it's probably safe to assume your favorite characters are on the list. It's hard to imagine the likes of Thorin Oakenshield, Boromir, and Aragorn being overlooked.

Though at first blush the MOBA-genre might seem like an odd choice, we actually think it suits the LotR series quite well. The series' famous battle sequences have always been about epic (yet mortal) heroes charging into battle with a dozen nobodies. We're excited to see where this project leads, and with a developer like Monolith on-board, this game just hopped onto our nerdy most-wanted list.

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5 comments

  • PolarBearsInHeat - May 30, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    I'll probably pick em' up
  • HeavyTank - May 30, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Well, although the LOTR universe is rich in characters, I don't see how they could come up with more than 30 heroes with different and unique abilities without raping the lore. Plus, LOTR is naturally more suited for RPG/Strategy games more than anything else. Although this could be a success IF they allow you to have supporting units (not temporary summons). Think along the lines of DoW2 with a little End of Nations sprinkled on top.
  • Tjwoods18 - May 30, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    I would rather play somthing along the lines of the battle for middle earth one, and two.
  • samsneeze - May 30, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    So I see they're trying to kill this market faster than the MMO. This is why we can't have nice things.
  • tarvnik - May 30, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    Now I can only think of a massive game that joins every MOBA ever into one massive roster of chars =D But seriously, far too many MOBAS have been released lately

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