It’s no real surprise that the rumors of a LEGO Hobbit game turned out to be true. After all we got a LEGO Lord of the Rings game, and any hot property on Warner Bros. side of things is likely to get turned into a LEGO game (since they own that company as well). What’s kind of weird is that this new game is only based on the first two movies.
The game isn’t set to release until 2014 (when the final movie is as well), so they could have incorporated the final act in there (as they did with the first LEGO Star Wars game and Revenge of the Sith). Undoubtedly it’s a ploy to come out with a ‘sequel’ that incorporates the final movie. It’s a money grab, and kind of bums me out, but considering I’m still a sucker for these LEGO games, I guess I can’t complain too much. Below is the full press release for the game which gives some details on what gamers can expect in 2014 when it hits:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group today announced LEGO® The Hobbit™, the latest addition to the popular LEGO videogame series thatbrings to life the enthralling and legendary stories from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy. The game will be available in 2014 for the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems and PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system., the Wii U™ system from Nintendo, the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system, as well as Windows PC and Mac.
LEGO The Hobbit will be based on the first two films of The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the upcoming The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), opening worldwide beginning December 13, 2013. Following the storyline of the first two films, LEGO The Hobbit will take players on quests throughout Middle-earth, joining Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and Thorin Oakenshield and Company in their exciting adventures toward the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor.
“We are thrilled to depict the characters and environments of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth in LEGO form with the LEGO The Hobbit videogame,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “Our family-friendly take on these thrilling adventures will have kids and parents playing and laughing together as they build and explore in LEGO Middle-earth.”
In LEGO The Hobbit, kids and families will be able to take on the form of their favorite Hobbit characters, including Bilbo, Gandalf, and all of the Dwarves: Thorin, Fíli, Kíli, Óin, Glóin, Dwalin, Balin Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori and Ori. Each has his own special – and quite hilarious – ability: For instance, Bombur can be used as a trampoline that enables his companions “belly-bounce” out of danger!
Players will visit key locations from the films, including Bag End, Bilbo’s Hobbit-hole in Hobbiton, trek through the treacherous High Pass over The Misty Mountains, and explore the depths of Goblin-town, Mirkwood and Rivendell. Along the way, players will solve countless puzzles, partake in Treasure Quests and battle with Orcs, Trolls and fouler things. They will also be able to mine for gems, discover loot from enemies, and craft powerful magical items or build immense new LEGO structures.