Hobbit game heads home next year

Warner Bros.' 2012 slate reportedly features Lego Batman sequel, new DC superhero game, return to Middle-earth.

The big news surrounding Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today is the launch of the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham City, but the publisher's plans for the future beyond the caped crusader's latest are starting to take shape. According to a Los Angeles Times article highlighting the multimedia giant Warner Bros.' gaming gambit, a number of new projects were confirmed for WBIE's 2012 release schedule.

Martin Freeman reads his contract to play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.

The paper reports that next year will see WBIE launch a new Hobbit game in advance of the December debut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of two Peter Jackson-directed movies based on the book. Beyond that project, the publisher is also readying a new Lego Batman game, as well as a new superhero title based on an unspecified DC Comics character. Finally, the company's Montreal studio is working on casual online games "based on Warner characters." Beyond the DC Comics universe, Warner Bros. also counts the Bugs Bunny, Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, Tom and Jerry, and more among its properties.

While the Hobbit game appears tied to the movie release, the article suggests that is a recipe for rushed games and a strategy the publisher is trying to avoid. As WBIE president Martin Tremblay told the paper, "The movie-based games business is broken, and for teen-targeted titles, we're going to try and distance ourselves from the movies so the game stands by itself."

WBIE isn't the first publisher to see potential in a Hobbit home game. In 2003, Sierra adapted the Tolkien tome into an action adventure game that met with fair reviews. The book also inspired a text adventure in the early '80s.

The original Lego Batman game debuted in 2008 and let players control family-friendly building block versions of not only the Dark Knight, but also a rogue's gallery featuring the Joker, the Penguin, Bane, Killer Croc, Man-Bat, and Catwoman. The game received a lukewarm critical reception but went on to sell more than 7 million copies.

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Chainer323
Chainer323

I wanna see a Lego LOTR game, it just makes sense since many of the big name movie series already got lego-fied

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Forget Hobbit. A NEW LEGO BATMAN GAME! Yay! :D

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Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

I hope this is a regular game and they dont blow it. Hobbit that is.

Franzkill
Franzkill

Return of The King on PS2 was pretty badass for a movie tie in and the leveling up system was really addictive, gave you incentive to play through the levels more efficiently, hoepfully this game will follow suite.

moviequest14
moviequest14

Though Lego Lord of the Rings is prime for the picking. It has 3 installments (which Lego really seems to go for),it also has notable popularity,and another addition to the series is coming soon (which lego also likes since it builds up hype)..I couldn't imagine any other movie being better for becoming a lego game!

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

A lego Superman game would be cool, but what would it be about?

Motroucet
Motroucet

I'm actually looking forward to The Hobbit game, I'm a lord of the rings nerd and love all their videogames, can't wait for War in the North! :)

moviequest14
moviequest14

imo Lego Batman was probably the weakest in the Lego series.But LOTR has an excellent track record for games (ignoring the original ''The Hobbit'' game) based on movies and I can't wait for this one to keep that tradition running!

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@spikepigeo @MelancholyDitz yeah that game was awesome :D

MelancholyDitz
MelancholyDitz

@spikepigeo I freaking loved the Return of the King game. So I'm kinda looking forward for this.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Yay, a game where you play as the least impressive characters in the whole saga. Really? Midgets?

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

For some reason I'm not completely repulsed by the idea of this movie-game adaptation. Probably because The Return of the King game I played on my GC was FRICKEN AWESOME.

Cybrian
Cybrian

Mirkwood here I come. And I def agree...a Lego Gollum would be preciouss...

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

LOTR games are always amazing, even if they're tied to the movies, they are actually the only movie based games that I really like and @SixTwoOne, I have always dreamed of a Lego lord of the rings, how could they not have done that yet? it would rock!

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Lego Batman Rocked, it's nice to know it did well enough to get a sequel. I don't want a LOTR game based on the films, I'd much rather see a Lego LOTR.....that would kick a***.

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

@McTabish i would not want to see a Dark Knight Rises movie tie-in. Honestly, those movies are some of the best super hero and action/adventure/drama movies i've ever seen, period. But Batman:arkham asylum and now Arkham City have the "Dark Night" down and they were both and are both incredible games, the best super hero games, pretty much ever, I'd say. If they tried to do a Dark Knight tie-in game, it would be undoubtably compared to the Arkham series and because of that reason alone it would just be panned. The great thing about the Arkham series is that they are dark, gritty, twisted, and have a similar tone to the Dark Knight movie series (am I correct in saying that the Arkham series was based off of the Dark Knight version of the Batman comics anyway?) So basically, they've got it covered. I'm hoping for a Superman game that's actually decent because Superman would make a great video game character. But that makes me concerned it will be based off of the new Superman movie coming out...

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

@JJB03 agreed, but do keep in mind there are other things that tie them all together... some of the lore, mythology, of course obvious things such as similar magic and races, and they all take place in the same world of Tamriel (albeit in different regions). But you're definitely correct you could have no history of the Elder Scrolls games and play through one without scratching your head any more than someone who did play previous entries. My first ES game was Oblivion, then I went back and played Morrowind after that, and really didn't feel like one had much to do with the other...one didn't clear up anything in the other for me or anything like that, they were just set in the same universe, that's all.

JJB03
JJB03

@tokugawa77 one of the main points of why elder scrolls is so good is bcause you don't have to play previous games to understand whats going on you start the game comletly fresh with a hero you decide is like and no two elder scrolls games in the series have the same charecters in it nor the same plot really there just called elder scrolls because useually at the end of the game your stroy is put within the elder scrolls in the game world

LegoAnakin
LegoAnakin

I personally liked the Lego Batman game, but found it too repetitive to the previous Traveler's Tales games. I think it would be better if they made a Lego Hobbit game. I would buy it and play it all the time! Cannot wait for the movie!!

Tokugawa77
Tokugawa77

Why don't they do a Middle Earth- inspired RPG game like elder scrolls? seriously, I'd much rather play in a world that I am somewhat familiar with thanks to books and movies than one that you have to play previous games in the series to understand.

00J
00J

If they do Superman, IT MUST BE FREE ROAM! You should be able to go into outer space too even if there is nothing to do, just breaking the bounds of the earthly limits of an unearthly character would be enough illusion for the game! Hell let Superman go into Space seemlessly to battle the random Asteroid threat or help a Space Station or Space Craft... Er, yeah right well... At least it should be free roam New York, with GTA type Missions and side games. If they took GTA 4's social game and mixed it with Superman, then you would have the need for Clark Kent and add a bit of fun, trying to juggle the Superman/Kent debacle.

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

@dawnofhero - The hobbit was a great piece of literature. :D

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

The Hobbit movie will be awesome. If there was a game based off of the book, (not necessarily the movie) then it could have potential. Same with the Amazing Spider-man movie-tie-in. Hopefully that game won't be a dud.

hfblade7
hfblade7

"as well as a new superhero title based on an unspecified DC Comics character". Thumbs up if you're gonna lose your mind in excitement when they announce Rocksteady doing Superman

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

Yeah we really need this because those other LOTR-related games turned out SO WELL right?! Oh :( I'll buy the game if I can say "there's no need to get angry Bilbo!" :D

Strategygamer22
Strategygamer22

I liked the original Hobbit from 2003. I still even have it installed on my laptop. Great original soundtrack and very atmospheric, just dull combat pulled it down. I'm watching this closely.

KH-mixerX
KH-mixerX

If it's anything like the Two Towers or Return of the King games, then I'll definitely play it.

redskinStu
redskinStu

Is Jackson going to include a romantic subplot in the hobbit? Maybe Bilbo and Kili are going to get it on.

Haasdude
Haasdude

I played the crap out of the 2003 Hobbit game, even though it was incredibly average. I don't have much faith in games based off of movies, but there are some that have broken the mold...The Two Towers and Return of the King were both solid games.

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

A game based on an upcoming movie? Never saw that coming.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

I hope the movie manages to make 48 fps film the new standard.

McTabish
McTabish

I'm thinking more each day that the DC superhero game will be a Dark knight rises movie tie in (potentially like quantum of solace that ties in with two james bond films). I heard rumours that WB were not happy with having to cancel the Dark Knight game 3 years ago as it cost the studio between £40-60m in lost sales revenues from that game.... add in the fact that dark knight grossed over $1bn and im sure they will be doing a game this time around!!!

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

$10 says that "unspecified DC Comics character" is Superman to coincide with the release of the new Superman movie coming out next year. @X_Colbert_X I see what you did there.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

cant wait for the hobbit films. and a game could be awesome if done right.

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

Here's to hoping this game doesn't come up SHORT in representing its source material.

rktPYZQShWz
rktPYZQShWz

Knowing that Warner Bro's has published Arkham Asylum/City, you can only wonder what this other DC game could be and if it'll be as amazing as the Batman games.

Spurner
Spurner

Yes, the movie-based game system is broken, but I'd like to remain optimistic for a new Hobbit game. Who knows, maybe they'll nail it.

Zero5000X
Zero5000X

Hopefully the superhero game is Superman made by Rocksteady.

woodyfr
woodyfr

@HelIWithoutSin They can only make LEGO games with the licenses that the LEGO Group have. Sadly they don't have one for LotR, yet.

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

Hobbit movie by Peter Jackson ? Can't freakin wait !! Hobbit game from WB ? No thank you .