If you’re feeling the need to jump into Tolkien’s world of elves, dwarves, wizards and goblins then a new game is awaiting you in the Google Play Store. It’s called The Hobbit: Kingdom of Middle-Earth and it’s a massively-multiplayer strategy action game that’ll have you forming alliances with fellow leaders tasked with the need to help Bilbo, Gandalf and the rest of the gang fight a goblin resistance which threatens Middle-Earth.
The game’s core mechanic is city-building, and you must build these cities up to help against the goblin army. You play as either an elf or a dwarf, and the two races must set aside their pretty differences and come together to strike against a common foe.
The game’s description does mention that the “rift between Elves and Dwarves runs deep.” We’re not sure if that hints at some sort of gameplay dynamic or if it’s foresight into what’s to come from future updates, but it has our attention nonetheless.
Heroes like Legolas and Thorin can lead your troops into battle to give you that extra edge you need to take down the goblins. It sounds like a pretty deep game that has already gotten some pretty nice reviews on the Google Play Store. Be sure to download it for free here, and hopefully we’ll bump into each other in Middle-Earth as we face whatever interesting and scary challenges await us. Read on for full press details.
The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth Now Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android Devices from Kabam and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kabam, a leader in massively multiplayer games for connected devices and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have launched The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth App for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices. The free-to-play strategy game is inspired by The Hobbit Trilogy, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM). Peter Jackson’s film trilogy, which begins with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is based on the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth is now available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
“The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth provides an interactive way for film fans to engage in the adventure as they explore the characters, conflicts and locations in this epic fantasy world.”
“Kabam has crafted a mobile game that will thrill strategy gamers and The Hobbit film fans alike,” said Andrew Sheppard, President of Kabam Game Studios. “We’re excited to partner with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to deliver a free-to-play game for iOS and Android that fans can experience wherever they go.”
The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth challenges players to create their own empire in Middle-earth. Set in this epic world of Elves, Dwarves, Orcs and Wizards, The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth calls on players to build a kingdom, forge powerful alliances and strategize with other gamers to purge Middle-earth of all who oppose them.
“We expect The Hobbit Trilogy to be one of the biggest events in entertainment history,” said Greg Ballard, Senior Vice President, Digital Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth provides an interactive way for film fans to engage in the adventure as they explore the characters, conflicts and locations in this epic fantasy world.”
The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth is available to play in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese. The game is developed and operated by Kabam, and co-published by Kabam and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age, a free-to-play game for the web, is also in development and will be available later this year.
The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth App is available for Android devices on Google Play Store and in the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
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Kabam, a leader in massively multiplayer games for connected devices, is transforming the traditional gaming industry. The company’s studios focus on combining the best elements of traditional and social gaming to appeal to a growing audience of gamers looking for highly immersive social games on PC, mobile, and tablet platforms. Recent Kabam titles include The Godfather™: Five Families™, Dragons of Atlantis™, Edgeworld™, the award-winning Kingdoms of Camelot® and the company’s first mobile game Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North™. Kabam games are currently available for play on Google+, Facebook, iOS and an ever growing number of global social networks and online channels, as well as mobile and tablet. Founded in 2006 with headquarters in San Francisco, CA, Kabam has built a team of game industry professionals committed to creating deeply engaging games that delight our players. More information about Kabam can be found at www.kabam.com.
About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
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About The Hobbit Trilogy
A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is the first of three films from filmmaker Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy. The screenplay for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro. Jackson is also producing the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and the second and third films of the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be released on December 14, 2012, with the second film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” releasing December 13, 2013, and the third film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” slated for July 18, 2014.
THE HOBBIT: KINGDOMS OF MIDDLE-EARTH, THE HOBBIT: ARMIES OF THE THIRD AGE software © 2012 Kabam, Inc. Developed by Kabam, Inc. © 2012 New Line Productions, Inc. © The Saul Zaentz Company. MIDDLE-EARTH, THE HOBBIT and the names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.