I know the license is not there sexiest subject, but when it comes to certain properties, like star wars and major sports – this plays a hugely important role in what games we can play and who creates them. This is my way of explaining why I write about the surprise announcement that EA premieres the Lord of the Rings game since 2006.
For all the shit people are talking about EA in 2022, mostly for good reason, the publisher had a run in the 00s where they released a number of excellent the Lord of the Rings Gameslike brawler movie ties, cult Battle for Middle-earth series of strategy games and Third Agea Final Fantasy clone which is a ground better than most people ever thought.
So there’s a weird sense of nostalgia attached to today’s announcement that, with the rights to the series now under new managementEA makes a new the Lord of the Rings Game. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this is a free mobile game. The good news—forgive me, but this is a choppy ad—is that it’s based on one of the best types of free games out there.
Called The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earthHere is the official game description:
The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth will feature immersive storytelling, turn-based combat, in-depth collection systems, and a wide roster of characters from across the expansive universe of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Players battle through iconic stories from Tolkien’s world and fight against the great evils of Middle-earth.
Fundamentally, it will be Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes—it’s even developed by the same team, Capital Games—only trade Jedi for Rohirrim and Hobbits. Which, you know, isn’t as cool an ad as EA saying “hey, we’re doing Battle for Middle-earth III”, but for all those who love GoH occasional daily battles, that might be fine.
And maybe Battle for Middle-earth III can come next.