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Guardians of Middle-Earth, the multiplayer online battle arena based on the Lord of the Rings trilogy arrives on the Xbox Live Arcade today just in time for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s theatrical debut. If you want to bash some orcs with Gandalf, Legolas, Aragorn, and all the rest, it’ll only set you back 1200 Microsoft Points ($15):
Guardians of Middle-Earth delivers an authentic multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game set in Middle-Earth and crafted specifically for console systems. Gamers team up as the most powerful heroes from the greatest fantasy epic of all time, bringing up to 10 players together in strategic five versus five competitive multiplayer battle arenas in the epic setting of Middle-Earth.
While the retail release pipeline has slowed to a trickle in the month of December, Sony is still soaking the PlayStation Store with a massive amount of new content.
This week’s biggest new addition to the PlayStation Network is Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3. The first person shooter is joined by WB’s Guardians of Middle-Earth MOBA, the original Mass Effect (and the Mass Effect Trilogy), the fighting game Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus, and many others. Six different PSone Classics (previously only available in Japan) have also made their way onto the PlayStation Store.
Uncharted fans may want to fire up their Vitas this week as Sony also added Uncharted: Fight For Fortune, a strategy card game featuring characters from the series, to the portable’s game store.
The month of December is typically a slow one for new game releases, but that hasn’t stopped Ubisoft from bringing Far Cry 3 to the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 this week.
This week will also see the release of the Lord of the Rings-inspired MOBDA Guardians of Middle-Earth. The game will make its debut on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Arcade, but a boxed PS3 copy will also be available.
Also available this week is a quartet of multiplatform games making their Wii U debut: Rise of the Guardians, Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013, Rapala Pro Bass Fishing, and The Avengers: Battle For Earth.
UPDATE: Warner Bros. has confirmed the XBLA edition will also be released on December 4. The story below has been updated to reflect this.
Just in time for the theatrical release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that Guardians of Middle-Earth will be available for the PlayStation Netwok and Xbox Live Arcade on December 4. The console MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) will also be available on December 4 in a special retail package that will include a voucher for a downloadable copy of the game and a Season Pass good for additonal post-launch content.
The downloadable version of Guardians of Middle-Earth will be priced at $14.99/1200 Microsoft Points while the retail version will be priced at $29.99.
The Season Pass will include access to “new game maps, one bonus gameplay mode, and several additional good and evil characters, some of which will be based on key characters in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
To tie-in with Peter Jackson’s upcoming film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has announced plans for a new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game set within the Tolkien universe. In development at Monolith Productions, Guardians of Middle-Earth will be available this Fall, ahead of the film’s December 14, 2012 opening.
According to Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President of Production and Development at WBIE, the company hopes that the downloadable title for both Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network will recreate the success of MOBAs on PC, such as DOTA and League of Legends, in the console market: “The MOBA genre is wildly popular with PC players and we are excited to bring it to consoles through the lore of Middle-Earth. The heroes and villains of Middle-Earth are crafted in a way that perfectly intersects with MOBA game features, allowing the development team to create guardians with deep skills and abilities for gamers to master.”
The game will feature five versus five engagements, either with 10 live players or with AI combatants, as well as standard MOBA traits such as voice-chat and in-game currency. Although there will initially be 20 characters to choose from, including Gandalf the Grey, Sauron, Gollum and Thrain II, father to Thorin, more will be added as the release date of the film draws nearer.
Have you caught Batman: Arkham City fever yet? The Los Angeles Times sure has as the newspaper’s business section interviewed Martin Tremblay, the President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, to coincide with the game’s release today.
While Tremblay talked a bit about Bruce Wayne’s battle against the denizens of Arkham City, the real focus was on WB’s future, including their 2012 slate of games. Currently, the publisher plans to release The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey right around the same time as Peter Jackson’s movie of the same name, Lego Batman 2 and a game starring an unnamed DC Comics superhero.
Tremblay said he couldn’t talk about the game just yet, but who wants to start guessing who might be WB’s next video game star… Will it be Superman? The Flash? Wonder Woman? All of the above (AKA a Justice League game)? Your guess is as good as mine, but my money’s on Wonder Woman, she’s due for a gritty video game adaptation (plus, Rocksteady already has the whip animations down thanks to Catwoman’s appearance in Arkham City).
Oh, and a sidebar to the article revealed that the next Mortal Kombat game, Mortal Kombat 10, is expected to be released in 2013. Flawless news!