If you were hoping to bring the action of The Hobbit home to your XBox, PS3 or whatever system Nintendo is currently pushing, than you might be in for a disappointment. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Warners has decided to skip the home console genre altogether in favor of web browser MMOs and mobile devices.
Warners Interactive will be working with MMO developer Kabam to bring The Hobbit to mobile devices and online. Kabam is currently working on two titles, The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth for mobile devices and The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age for the web. Both are reportedly free to play, which usually means ‘we’ll still get our money by charging you to gain bonuses and power ups that you will find essential if you don’t want to suck at the game.’
Kingdoms of Middle Earth for mobile devices will be your standard build and manage your own kingdom game except based in Middle Earth. The web based game Armies of the Third Age will put the player in command of various armies such as elves and orcs while controlling classic Tolkien heroes such as Bilbo or Gandalf. Armies will feature an open beta players can sign up for starting September 25, with both games being released this fall.
With the rise of mobile and online gaming one can’t deny that console gamers will be feeling the hit as developers latch onto these platforms to the detriment of the console. Typically these games are cheaper to develop and can rake in even more money than the standard $60 console game through the use of in-game purchases. Sure it’s free to play, but if you want your player to actually accomplish anything that’s going to cost you. Often times to the tune of hundreds of dollars over time. I’m just glad that at least my PS3 plays Blu-Rays, because going forward that’s all it could be good for. My heart goes out to poor XBox faithfuls. DVD only? Really?!
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