Peter Jackson's trilogy of The Hobbit films will see two free-to-play tie-in games from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and social game developer Kabam, the companies announced today.
The partnership is set to produce two strategy titles, a mobile game called The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth and The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age for browsers, that are scheduled to launch this fall. Interested parties can sign up for the Armies of the Third Age beta starting today.
Kingdoms of Middle-earth will give players the opportunity to build and maintain their own kingdom in the titular land of The Lord of the Rings, with the ability to explore the world and make war. In Armies of the Third Age, players will control characters such as Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf as they lead armies of Elves, Dwarves, or Orcs in battles that require a strategic approach.
"Kabam's Armies of the Third Age and Kingdoms of Middle-earth will be an excellent way for The Hobbit film fans around the world to delve more into the iconic story and interact with the characters in the universe," said Greg Ballard, senior vice president of digital games at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
The first film in The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, hits theaters on December 14th.