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Warner Bros. Announces New LORD OF THE RINGS Mobile Game

Amazon’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings series will once again bring viewers to Middle-earth. But soon Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will let fans immerse themselves in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world anywhere they go. The studio has announced development of a new mobile game, The Lord of the Rings: Rise of War. It will take place during the time of the original trilogy, and will feature familiar faces and locations.

But it might not be a format fans are ready to go to war with.

WB Games and NetEase, Inc. announced they are working together on a new officially licensed mobile strategy game for The Lord of the Rings. It’s “based on the iconic trilogy of books by Tolkien” and is set in the Third Age of Middle-earth. That’s the time period of the novels, from Sauron’s first defeat by the Last Alliance all the way until Gandalf, Galadriel, Elrond, Bilbo, and Frodo left for the Undying Lands.

Very little is known about the game right now, but as Reuters notes this is the latest attempt by the Chinese-owned NetEase to expand its mobile game footprint. The company has seen a rise in revenue COVID-19, as more people have been home playing video games.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War mobile gameWB Games

Despite being based on a wildly popular IP, the initial response to the game has been more of a nightmare than a fantasy. Some fans are worried about potential in-game purchases turning Rise of War into a micro-transaction money-maker rather than a fun and exciting exploration of Middle-earth.

Others think a mobile game is the antithesis of the series. And many would much rather play a console game instead.

Not exactly the response WB Games or NetEase were looking for, but what did they expect? You do not simply walk into The Lord of the Rings universe without creating high expectations.

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