Two free-to-play titles based on The Hobbit in the works


Tolkien fans rejoice! Not one, but two new games are in the works based on fiction classic The Hobbit according to Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment. The games will be designed in partnership with developer Kabam and will reportedly be free-to-play.

The Hobbit films are among the most anticipated entertainment launches of all time,” said Kevin Chou, CEO of Kabam. “Kabam’s unique ability to blend the art of game design and the science of free-to-play distribution makes us a natural fit to partner with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to deliver thrilling games via the Web and mobile devices for The Hobbit film fans around the world.”

The development deal will reportedly see the release of a mobile game and a browser game. The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth will be released for mobile devices and The Hobbit:  Armies of the Third Age will be available via web browsers. The two games will reportedly launch this fall.

“We are very pleased to work with Kabam in creating immersive free-to-play online games on massive scales across multiple platforms,” said Greg Ballard, Senior Vice President, Digital Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Kabam’s Armies of the Third Age and Kingdoms of Middle-earth will be an excellent way for The Hobbit film fans around the world to delve more into the iconic story and interact with the characters in the universe.”

If you’re interested, you can sign up for the beta for The Hobbit:  Armies of the Third Age starting today at