Warner Bros has announced the development of Guardians of Middle-earth, a new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game developed by Monolith Productions.
The game is set to debut in Autumn 2012 exclusively for Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network. It’ll feature tie-ins to the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey motion picture and allow for up to 10 players fighting in five versus five competitive multiplayer battle arenas in the setting of Middle-earth.
The game offers more than 20 iconic guardians, including Gandalf, Sauron, Gollum, Thráin and more. It’ll also have an in-game voice communication system, as well as access to an online stat and leader board system.
“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.”
Guardians of Middle-earth will cost £11.99 or 1200 Microsoft points.