Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth launching in May

EA is set to release the mobile free-to-play game Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth on May 10th, which will be its first LOTR game since 2009’s The Lord of the Rings: Conquest. The trailer for the game has also been unveiled, showcasing gameplay, menus, and more. The game is one of five LOTR games currently in development by Embracer, which acquired the rights last year. The much-anticipated Lord of the Rings: Gollum is also expected to arrive shortly afterwards.

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According to EA, the trailer for Heroes of Middle-earth features a “stylized realism art style” that leans into the existing lore with classic LOTR characters such as wanderers, warriors, and wizards. At the same time, the game creates “a more diverse and inclusive Middle-earth” while showcasing Story, PVP, and other gameplay modes.

Heroes of Middle-earth includes characters from both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, with collection systems, turn-based combat, and other features. Players will experience “iconic stories from the world of Tolkien and take up the fight against the great evils of Middle-earth,” as stated by EA in a previous news release. However, microtransactions are present due to the free-to-play aspect.

Pre-registration for Heroes of Middle-earth is currently open, with the game set to arrive on iOS and Android on May 10th. Meanwhile, Lord of the Rings: Gollum will launch on consoles and PC on May 25th. Embracer reportedly has three additional titles in development for the next two years.

The Lord of the Rings is a high-fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in the mid-1950s. It has since become a cultural phenomenon, inspiring numerous adaptations and spin-offs, including several video games. EA’s upcoming mobile game, Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth, draws heavily from the lore established in Tolkien’s original work, featuring beloved characters from both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.