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EA’s new Lord of the Rings game is not a remake of The Return of the King.

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EA has announced it is collaborating with Middle-earth Enterprises to develop a new free-to-play game Lord of the rings mobile game.

The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth is a “collectable RPG that brings the fantasy and adventure of The Lord of the Rings to both existing fans and new viewers in a strategic, socially competitive experience,” according to EA (via BusinessWire). Apparently, this is part of the company’s effort to continue providing live service titles and “reach more players on more platforms around the world.”

Heroes of Middle-earth will apparently feature turn-based combat with a large roster of characters from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. It also notes that players will “battle through iconic stories from the world of Tolkein,” so it sounds like the game could be set over any part of world history.

What it isn’t is the remake of the best GameCube/PS2/Xbox game ever, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Heroes of Middle-earth will be the first game in a while that is really about the Lord of the Rings, as Middle-earth was really just the setting for it Shadow of Mordor and shadow of war.

A limited regional beta test is also set to release this summer, although there’s no specific time slot other than the season.

Malachi Boyle, EA’s vice president of mobile RPG, said the studio is “incredibly excited” to be collaborating with Middle-earth Enterprises on the title. “The combination of high-fidelity graphics, cinematic animation and stylized art immerses players in the fantasy of Middle-earth where they will go head-to-head with their favorite characters.”

Basically, it sounds like Lord of the Rings is going the way of gacha, but it could be something else entirely. Not at all surprising given the ridiculous revenue Genshin Impact has generated since its launch in 2020 ($3 billion, so you know), and how popular and profitable mobile games are in general.

It’s unclear if the characters will resemble their castmates in any way, but considering this is a gacha game, there’s plenty of room for multiple interpretations and designs. Here’s hoping for a rep for the 1978 animated film The Lord of the Rings.

https://www.vg247.com/ea-lord-of-the-rings-mobile-game EA’s new Lord of the Rings game is not a remake of The Return of the King.

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