Everything we know about The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth

Get ready to dive back into the vibrant world of Middle-earth with Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth, the new game inspired by the fantastic literary work. We’ve already had dozens of games based on all the books in this series, including The Hobbit, as well as experiments that explore other stories not yet told in these original texts, the most notable being Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and its sequel Shadow of War. However, the mobile space has yet to have much success with this IP address.

The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth seek to change that. This ambitious new free-to-play game wants to put the high production value, scale, characters, story, and fun gameplay of other titles in the palm of our hands. Like many things in Middle-earth, much information about this upcoming game is still shrouded in obscurity. However, after probing the books and scrolls of Minas Tirith and consulting our council, we offer you everything we know about The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth.

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Release date

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Publisher EA has yet to reveal a release date for The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth. We know there will be some sort of beta for the game sometime in the summer of 2022, but it’s unclear how long that will last or how it will lead to the full release.

Platforms

The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth is only listed as coming to mobile platforms. We’re guessing that means iOS and Android, but both are technically unconfirmed yet. We also don’t expect it to come to PC, at least at launch.

Trailer

An image of Mordor seen in Amazon Games Studios' massively multiplayer online game Lord of the Rings.

Unfortunately, The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth has yet to have a single trailer, video, or other form of footage shown. That’s not too uncommon for some mobile games, but you’d think a huge IP like Lord of the Rings would warrant footage during the game’s reveal. That said, we’d expect a trailer drops at some point before its release.

On the story side, details are scarce. Middle-earth Enterprises brand and licensing manager Fredrica Drotos said it aims to create a “game uniquely inspired by Middle-earth as portrayed in the literary works of JRR Tolkien to its fans”, and that the game will have immersive storytelling and a “wide roster of characters from across the vast universe of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. It looks like the game will cover the entire timeline of the books, and perhaps expand to show before and after events as well. Until more is revealed, we can only guess at this point.

Gameplay

Frodo's house in Hobbiton.
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Again, all we have to do to find out how The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth will play is based on certain descriptions. At its core, the game will be a “collectible role-playing game that brings the fantasy and adventure of The Lord of the Rings to existing fans and new audiences in a strategic and socially competitive experience. For more details, we know that the battles will take place in turn-based encounters with a wide range of characters and collection systems. We assume that the mentioned social and competitive experiences mean the ability to team up, as well as fight against other players online.

To us, it feels like some kind of party creation RPG where you can collect new iconic characters to add to your team to fight in the series’ most iconic battles. Getting these characters, however, is likely where the monetization system will come into play. Again, these are just our speculations, but it looks like a gacha-style system will be incorporated here.

Multiplayer

The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth will have multiplayer in nature to be promoted to have social and competitive elements. What exactly these modes will be remains to be seen.

Downloadable content

A first look at The Lord of the Rings TV series.

Being a free game, The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth will feature at least some form of storefront to sell microtransactions, whether in the form of characters, missions, or materials you use to access new content. If the game is successful, EA will likely continue to support it with new content for the foreseeable future.

Pre-order

Being a free game, there will be no pre-order options for The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth. However, there will be this beta period at some point, although we don’t yet know who will be able to access it or how. Once we do, we’ll let you know so you can try it out before it’s released.

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