EA has announced that they will be renewing their partnership with Middle-Earth Enterprises, the rights holder to most of J.R.R Tolkien’s literally works. They also revealed a new Lord of the Rings free-to-play mobile game titled The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-Earth.
As reported by IGN, Electronic Arts recently announced The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-Earth, a free-to-play collectible RPG featuring “immersive storytelling, turn-based combat, deep collection systems, and a wide roster of characters.”
Judging by the descriptions provided thus far, it will likely feature a turn-based system revolving around collecting cards, making it an ideal fit for mobile devices. However, since this is a free-to-play game coming to your phone, we suggest preparing for inevitable microtransactions that might come with it.
The gameplay for Heroes of Middle-Earth will revolve around two of Tolkien’s most popular works: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Additionally, it will also include social and competitive play.
No other details were provided about the upcoming title, but EA did reveal a teaser image which only confirms their partnership with Middle-Earth Enterprises. In the background, we can see a town that looks like it might be Rohan:
The Lord of the Rings is no stranger to video games, featuring an extensive list of games developed by several studios over the last two decades, and some before that. Most notably, Warner Bros. Interactive and developer Monolith Productions worked on the popular Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War games.
EA was also responsible for publishing the official video game adaptations of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film trilogy which released in the early 2000s.
Meanwhile, Daedalic Entertainment and Nacon are currently working on a new game set in Middle-Earth titled The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, featuring the titular character in a stealth-focused adventure. Amazon Prime is also working on a new television series titled The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which will largely focus on the Second Age.