The Hobbit Films Are Getting Two F2P MMOs
It’s likely that Peter Jackson’s inexplicable The Hobbit trilogy won’t be the smash success that his Lord of the Rings was. For one thing, he’s taking what is one whimsical, if a bit lengthy, largely stand alone story within the greater Rings cycle and expanding it into three, count em, three feature length films. For another, the unique cultural circumstances that made his original trilogy an unexpected hit (especially the post-911 mindset still running strong in late 2001).
There’s also the fact that LOTR fever is long over. (Admit it, you didn’t even include them in your best films of the 00s.) But even if it is, Lord of the Rings Online has been a smash hit since going free to play, and perhaps that is what Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Kabam are banking on with the odd, not completely indefensible decision to produce two f2p games based on The Hobbit trilogy. The first, a mobile game called The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth, will let players create and manage kingdoms in Tolkien’s playground. The second is a browser-based game called The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age that lets players control characters from the movies in what sounds like an RTS setting. Both are set to launch in just a few weeks.
Will they be a success? Probably, since they’re being made on what looks like the cheap, and they’re free. So what about you, Game Fronters? Are you going to be seeing The Hobbit films? I admit I’m somewhat disinterested in revisiting that universe, even if both Watson and Holmes are appearing.
(Images are from LOTR Online.)