Battle arena-style Lord of the Rings game coming this fall

Warner Bros. Interactive has revealed plans to release Guardians of Middle-Earth, a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, to Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network this fall. The game will be developed by Monolith Productions, the studio behind Gotham City Impostors and F.E.A.R.

The game will tie-in to the upcoming film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, coming out this December.

Guardians of Middle-Earth will use settings from the iconic Lord of the Rings universe to bring players together in 5-vs-5 battle arenas. There will be over 20 playable “iconic guardians” with early characters announced for the game including Gandalf, Sauron, Gollum, and Thráin.

“The MOBA genre is wildly popular with PC players and we are excited to bring it to consoles through the lore of Middle-earth,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development at WBIE.

Leading up to the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, several new characters from the film will become available to players.

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