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A New Middle-earth Game is Coming from Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts and Middle-earth Enterprises are teaming up for a new mobile game. The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth is now in development as a collaboration between the two companies. The news comes via a press release from the EA website.

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The upcoming mobile game will be a free-to-play title. A disclaimer in the announcement hints that in-game purchases will be a part of the game. The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth is slated for a regional beta this summer. Gameplay details were scarce, but some information was given. Immersive storytelling, deep collection systems, turn-based combat, and “a wide roster of characters across the vast universe of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit” are promised.

Officially, the game is listed as a “collectible role-playing game.” If you’re asking me, this sounds like a gacha game.

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Heroes of Middle-earth is a new addition to EA’s mobile portfolio. The press release specifically mentions the company is looking to expand that market in particular. This news comes a week after Blizzard announced a new mobile entry in the Warcraft franchise, Warcraft Arclight Rumble.

The Saul Zaentz Company, which currently owns the gaming rights to Middle-earth franchises The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, is trying to sell them. While Saul Zaentz is mentioned in the press release as a new partner with EA and Middle-earth Enterprises, those rights aren’t discussed specifically.

“We are thrilled to be working with EA once again, this time to bring a mobile game solely inspired by Middle-earth as described in the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien to its fans,” said Fredrica Drotos, Chief Brand & Licensing Officer for SZC’s Middle-earth Enterprises. “It’s an honor to work with the talented Capital Games team whose knowledge and love of the lore is palpable throughout.”

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This mobile title is also unrelated to the upcoming Gollum game currently in development.

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Written by Jake Valentine

I am the Editor-In-Chief of BossLevelGamer. I'm also a lover of video games, food, and beer.

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