Monolith Productions to bring MOBA to XBLA and PSN

by: Mike -
Xbox and PS3 owners will no longer miss out on MOBA games, as Guardians of Middle Earth will release in fall 2012 for the XBLA and PSN.

The game will feature 5 on 5 PVP battles between renowned Tolkien heros like Gandalf, Sauron, Gollum, and Thrain. Tie-ins to the upcoming Peter Jackson title The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be featured, as the game leads up to and expands on the release of the new film. 

Sixteen other characters will be included, with some releasing simultaneously with the movie. To see more of the game, tune into G4TV at 1 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 31 during the Pre-E3 show.


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announces Guardians of Middle-earth, a new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game developed by Monolith Productions, set to debut in fall 2012 exclusively for Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®Network. The game will feature tie-ins to the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey motion picture, directed by Peter Jackson and a production of New Line Cinema and MGM.

Guardians of Middle-earth brings up to 10 players together in five versus five competitive multiplayer battle arenas in the epic setting of Middle-earth. The game offers more than 20 iconic guardians, including Gandalf, Sauron, Gollum, Thráin and many more, for players to control in player versus player (PVP) matches. 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.

“The MOBA genre is wildly popular with PC players and we are excited to bring it to consoles through the lore of Middle-earth,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development at WBIE. “The heroes and villains of Middle-earth are crafted in a way that perfectly intersects with MOBA game features, allowing the development team to create guardians with deep skills and abilities for gamers to master.”

Leading up to and beyond the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey motion picture, fans can look forward to several new playable guardians releasing in conjunction with the film, to allow gamers to actively participate in Peter Jackson’s vision of Middle-earth.
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