Warner Bros. Interactive and Monolith Productions have officially announced the release date for the upcoming game Guardians of Middle-earth. The game will launch on the Playstation Network for $14.99 on December 4, 2012, and will be available on the Xbox LIVE Arcade for 1200 Microsoft points sometime this fall. The game will also be available at select retailers with pre-paid, discounted access to the digital content offered post-launch. Digital content will consist of game maps, one bonus gameplay mode and several additional good and evil characters, some of which will be based on key characters in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey motion picture, which is set for release on Dec. 14, 2012
In Guardians of Middle-earth, gamers team up as the most powerful heroes from the greatest fantasy epic of all time, bringing up to 10 players together in a competitive multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game. Featuring tie-ins to the upcoming film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the game allows players to develop and master more than 20 iconic characters. Play as Gandalf, Gollum, Legolas, Sauron and more, forming memorable and unlikely alliances with and against friends. Gamers will have the ability to connect with other players via an in-game voice communication system, as well as access to a comprehensive online stat and leader board system where they can track friends’ victories and defeats, and more.