DoTA-Style Lord Of The Rings Game Coming Later This Year

Guardians of Middle-Earth, a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, is going to XBox Live and the PlayStation Network later this year.

The game's release is timed to tie in with the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, coming out in cinemas this December.

Guardians of Middle-Earth promises to use Tolkien's iconic high-fantasy setting and characters for sweeping player-vs-player battle arenas, where players will fight in teams of five on five. Early "iconic guardians" announced for the game include Gandalf, Sauron and Gollum, with "several new playable guardians releasing in conjunction with the film". Presumably, many of them dwarves. Perhaps Thranduil?

While arena battles and Lord of the Rings may not at first seem to be a natural fit, the competitive arena-style combat game first popularised by Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients (DoTA) is all the rage this year and keeps growing. League of Legends is huge, and Valve and Blizzard are working on the DoTA 2 and Blizzard All-Stars projects respectively.

The game is being developed by Monolith Productions, the studio behind F.E.A.R. and Gotham City Impostors.

The game's release is timed to tie in with the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, coming out in theatres this December.


    Dunno if I'd play this, with it being on consoles it means patching will be difficult and expensive, so I expect it to be unbalanced. Dota 2 has been in beta for like a year now (and is surprisingly complete) and they're still sorting out balance.

    Not sure the guys who made an imbalanced Batman shooter can pull this off :p

    I'm not really bothered by balance, hopefully if it isn't perfect it will keep elitist jerks away and people new to the genre can enjoy for once. Can't wait for this.

    This better be a joke...

    Enough with the dota replicas !

    I'm totally for this getting made... but could you imagine Samwise chasing down and killing Sauron for overextending in his lane? Seems pretty f-ing ridiculous... fun, but ridiculous.

    The map would be awesome. Minas Morgul at the top right vs Minas Tirith at the bottom left... with Osgiliath in the middle. It's almost as if Tolkien drew the original map with DOTA in mind.

    One thing noted, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. I don't believe the other DOTA-esque games are console. I'm excited to see how it works

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