Official Hobbit Games Make the Perilous Journey to Mobile Phones and Web Browsers

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As the geek cinema event of the year slowly approaches, Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment teams with Kabam to create a pair of social strategy games loosely tied to Bilbo's epic journey.

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I say loosely tied because I don't recall Bilbo creating and managing his own fantasy kingdom as players will do in The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth for mobile phones.

Nor did he, and mind you it's been awhile since I read the book, take command of a large army as players will in the browser-based The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age. There were armies, of course, but just that one major battle. I am assuming there will be more than that in the browser game, which will feature Bilbo and Gandalf the Off-White as champions amidst the armies of Dwarves, Elves and Man.

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Both Hobbit tie-ins are due to launch this fall. Interested parties can sign up for The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age beta right now.

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Heerrrooo Yui

This is the perfect example of what state the video game industry is in. During the LotR run, awesome console games out, much effort was put in the presentation and they were epic games. Now they can crank out a piece of iOS poop in the app store with no effort at all and hope to sell millions of 1 dollar games. I hate this trend going on now and I refuse to feed into this cycle of "to continue, buy more Hobbit energy or send to your poor saps of friends!"