Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle-Earth is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game by Monolith Productions, set to be released in Fall 2012 on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network. This marks the first MOBA style game to appear on the consoles and boasts more than 20 iconic characters from the franchise including Gandalf, Gollum and the Witch-King. Gamers will have the ability to connect online in PvP battles and communicate with an in-game chat system.
Gameplay is structured similarly to popular MOBA game, League of Legends, with players entering the fray in 5v5 engagements with either other players or “AI” combatants. However, Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle-Earth does attempt something different to try and define their game identity. The guardians purchase their items and buffs between matches using an in-game currency earned through combat.
Battling it out in an intense duel in Middle-Earth
There are four different guardian archetypes that players will be come accustomed to.
- ‘Striker’- A high damage dealing guardian that can quickly dismantle foes but are easily killed. (Gollum and Legolas0
- ‘Defender’- The ‘Tank’ of the four archetypes, defenders protect their allies with high survivability and the skills to force opponents into 1v1 combat. (With-King)
- ‘Warrior’- A balance between offense and defense. These guardians and do consistent damage and stay in the fight longer with their higher than average survivability.
- ‘Enchanter’- Mage wielding juggernauts, these guardians have the ability to manipulate arcane forces in Middle-Earth and can either bolster their own abilities or support their allies in the rigors of combat. (Gandalf, Galadriel)
Today, two new trailers were released featuring Sauron & Hildifons along with Arathorn and Runsig. These characters bolster the roster with four new characters. Manolith also reveals that there will be new guardians released post-launch to coincide with the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
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