Electronic Arts has announced mobile collectible RPG The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-Earth is in development. 

Source: The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-Earth (TBA), EA

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In partnership with Middle-earth Enterprises, The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-Earth promises to “brings the fantasy and adventure of The Lord of the Rings to existing fans and new audiences alike in a strategic, social-competitive experience.”

“We are incredibly excited to partner with The Saul Zaentz Company and Middle-earth Enterprises on the next generation of mobile role-playing games,” EA VP of Mobile RPG Malachi Boyle stated.

Source: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

“The team is filled with fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and each day they bring their tremendous passion and talents together to deliver an authentic experience for players,” Boyle assured.

“The combination of high-fidelity graphics, cinematic animations, and stylized art immerses players in the fantasy of Middle-earth where they’ll go head-to-head with their favorite characters.”

Source: The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

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“We are thrilled to be working with EA once again, this time to bring a mobile game solely inspired by Middle-earth as described in the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien to its fans,” Middle-earth Enterprises’ Chief Brand & Licensing Officer Fredrica Drotos praised.

“It’s an honor to work with the talented Capital Games team whose knowledge and love of the lore is palpable throughout.”

Source: The Lord of the Rings Online (2012), Standing Stone Games

While there seems to be plenty of confidence from all involved, exactly what the new mobile game will involve wasn’t elaborated upon overly much. 

Players are promised that The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth “will feature immersive storytelling, turn-based combat, deep collection systems, and a wide roster of characters from across the vast universe of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.”

This will also involve fighting in iconic scenes from Tolkien’s works, against the greatest threats Middle-earth has known.

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Action is also not mentioned, eliminating any action RPG or even RTS style game. This leaves potential for anything from party vs. party battles akin to Looney Tunes World of Mayhem, to a tactical RPG akin to Fire Emblem heroes. 

Regardless, all we have to rely on for now is a singular teaser trailer via Twitter. “It’s a dangerous business going out your door… there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to – but we’re on our way to Middle-earth in a new mobile game,” EA entice. 

However we might have some hints from another EA and Capital Games’ mobile game, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. Therein, players collect Star Wars characters- each upgradable and with their own special skills and traits that can compliment one another.

Players then build a team of five Light or Dark characters to take on foes in single player, or take them online to fight others. Players can also earn, and buy, currency to acquire more heroes akin to the “gacha” system of many mobile games, along with daily challenges to earn more rewards.

As the Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-Earth shares “heroes” in its title, could it imply similar gameplay? Reskinning and improving upon Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes would be cost-effective. Then again, “heroes” does seem to be a popular title on the App Store and Google Play.

Source: Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes (2015), EA

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