Lord of the Rings goes MOBA this fall

F.E.A.R. factory Monolith bringing five-vs.-five multiplayer online battle game Guardians of Middle-earth to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this fall.

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The Lord of the Rings game franchise will venture to a new genre this fall in Guardians of Middle-earth. Developed by Monolith Productions (F.E.A.R. series, Gotham City Impostors), the project will be a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game and will arrive on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network this fall.

LotR MOBA: LOL or LoL?

Guardians of Middle-earth pits up to 10 players against each other in five-vs.-five competitive multiplayer battle venues spread throughout J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional fantasy universe. The game features more than 20 "guardian" characters, including Gandalf, Sauron, Gollum, and Thrain. Guardians of Middle-earth will sport an in-game voice communication system, as well as an online statistic and leaderboard system, through which players can track their friends' accomplishments.

Guardians of Middle-earth will also feature tie-ins with Peter Jackson's upcoming film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. According to publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, "several" new playable characters will be released alongside the film, which is due out in December. It was not mentioned if the characters will arrive day-and-date with the film or if they will cost extra, and as of press time, Warner Bros. had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

The most recent Lord of the Rings title to hit shelves was 2011's tepidly received Lord of the Rings: War in the North, developed for Warner Bros. by Snowblind Studios. And according to an October report, a game based on The Hobbit is planned to ship prior to the film.

Discussion

32 comments
ryangb
ryangb

Haha 20 characters? Better get into the 100s if you want to compete with DotA. 

bulletsword
bulletsword

Sounds great in theory, but there's so much better that they can do with Middle Earth.  Something along the lines of Dark Souls or Dragon's Dogma or even the older movie-based LOTR games would be nice.  I'm surprised no really good open-world LOTR game hasn't been considered (unless this idea was explored in a previous LOTR game.  I haven't followed LOTR games since the movie trilogy ended.)

GeorgeSyll
GeorgeSyll

OK Monolith........whatever.........

lalala_la
lalala_la

Last I remember, Gollum wasn't much in a fight... =/

hehe101
hehe101

I didn't know developers now wish their games to FLOP.

oflow
oflow

BFME 3 plz.   That is all.

RobertBowen
RobertBowen

Oh god. The same studio that brought us Blood, No One Lives Forever, Tron 2.0, FEAR and Condemned...is now working on a cash-in MOBA game wearing a LOTR paint job.  I just don't know what to say... *sigh*

StonedMagician
StonedMagician

Damn it, Monolith. Go back to making cool, badass single-player titles. Gotham City Imposters was quite good, but I'd rather have Condemned 3 or something.

ziproy
ziproy

These games are just major cash grabs. I played LoL for a day and it was just STUPID. The people were annoying 20 year old losers who took their allowances from their parents and spent it on the game so they could feel cool when they killed everything with their overpowered premium characters.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

The fact that there are 18, now 19 comments on this story should be an indication to the publisher.  A measuring stick, as it were.  Call it an "open invite" Gamespot focus group, and not many people showed up... so...

 

This is not a good idea.  We like LotR, but THIS not what We are asking for.

params7
params7

meh as long as its better than LoL and isn't Pay2Win.

 

I wish we'd get a Witcher 2 style LoTR game with combat from Demon's Souls. That would be the LoTR game of dreams.

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

A MOBA on console...?Oh boy, this is going to be interesting... 

Franko_3
Franko_3

I wonder how they will balance that stupidity. Let's try Gollum vs Sauron

polterdice
polterdice

should be interesting to see how well the controls translate from PC to console

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

I generally like Monolith but...WTH is this crap? Seriously...this seems like an awfull idea....

supertom221
supertom221

What is this.

WHAT IS THIS?!

 

THIS GAME, SHAAALLL NOOOOT...... PASSSS!!!

 

LOTR deserves a game like Witcher 2. It NEEDS a game like Witcher 2. Not... this.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Sweet I enjoyed the last LOTR game as well.

Poodger
Poodger

Sounds interesting, I hope it makes an appearance on the PC too

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Lord of the Rings makes a good fit for a MOBA game and its being develop for consoles where there is currently no competition. A very smart move.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

 multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) ? So is this an all out hack-n-slash brawl between players in a confined arena? They've at least got my curiosity as to what the gameplay will be like.

danjammer69
danjammer69

This sounds amazing. I just hope the "in-game voice communication system" makes it to the final product.

 

 

SecularSage
SecularSage

This is actually a really good idea. Monolith hit it out of the park with Gotham City Impostors, which is a great little FPS team mulitplayer bargain title.

 

Also,  @gatsbythepig - I think it's a way of getting around using names like Defense of the Ancients, League of Legends or DOTA 2, all of which are popular definers of the genre.

 

 

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

MOBA- that's a new acronym for me.  Who comes up with these?

connorb93
connorb93

 @ziproy People actually think LoL is pay to win? I don't think you have any understanding of the game...

bulletsword
bulletsword

 @ziproy You misunderstand the purchasing system.You aren't essentially "buying power".  Some of the most affordable characters in the game are actually quite scary to play against.  Hell, it's incredibly easy to stomp on these expensive characters if you, I don't know, learn a character in-depth and coordinate with a team (in other words, playing the game).  With the free rotation and the fact that all characters can be obtained for free (albeit at a rather slow pace), no characters are "premium" and considering that balance patches come out every two weeks by one of the most dedicated devs I've seen in a while, balance eventually becomes a non-issue and requires constant adaptation.So stop being an annoying 20-year old and do a little research before convicting hundreds of thousands of dedicated players of the game who are showing their support for a pretty decent game that, all things considered, is pretty affordable.

Getbacktogaming
Getbacktogaming

@params7 That would be AMAZING! ...freakin' multiplayer games...

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

 @Gelugon_baat I'm surprised the amount of shenanigans that they've done to LotR so far he hasn't actually risen from the grave yet

hhayf
hhayf

 @gatsbythepig MOBA stands for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena.It's the "new"kind of games like DOTA ,LoL etc.

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

 @Gelugon_baat Haha, after something like Lotr Conquest I could imagine his corpse looks like it went through a helicopter's rotor XD