I do know licensing isn’t the sexiest matter, however in relation to sure properties—like Star Wars and main sports activities—it performs a brilliant essential function in what video games we get to play and who makes them. Which is my means of explaining why I’m writing concerning the shock announcement that EA is making its first Lord of the Rings sport since 2006.
For all of the shit individuals discuss EA in 2022, most of it for good motive, the writer had a run within the ‘00s the place they launched quite a few glorious Lord of the Rings video games. There had been the brawler film tie-ins, the cult Battle for Middle Earth sequence of technique video games, and Third Age, a Final Fantasy clone that could be a lot higher than most individuals ever gave it credit score for.
So there’s a bizarre sense of nostalgia hooked up to the announcement immediately that, with the sequence’ rights now underneath new administration, EA is making a brand new Lord of the Rings sport. That’s the excellent news. The unhealthy information is that it’s a free to play cellular sport. The excellent news—pardon me, however this can be a rollercoaster of an announcement—is that it’s based mostly on among the best forms of free-to-play video games round.
Called The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth, right here’s the sport’s official description:
The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth will function immersive storytelling, turn-based fight, deep assortment programs, and a large roster of characters from throughout the huge universe of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Players battle by iconic tales from the world of Tolkien and take up the struggle in opposition to the good evils of Middle-earth.
Basically, it’s going to be Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes—it’s even being developed by the identical crew, Capital Games—solely swapping out Jedi for Rohirrim and Hobbits. Which, you understand, is just not as cool an announcement as EA saying, “Hey, we’re making Battle for Middle Earth III,” however for anybody who’s into GoH’s informal day by day battles, this is likely to be neat.
And perhaps Battle for Middle Earth III can come subsequent.