Among the various games adapted from The Lord of the Rings currently in development, the mobile game Lord Of The Rings: Heroes Of Middle-Earth is based on turn-based tactical battles. The title specifies its game mechanics.
The license of Lord of the Rings is currently the subject of several playful video adaptations, most notably stealth gaming The Lord of the Rings: Gollum from Daedalic or the upcoming title from Wētā Workshop and Private Division. In the lot, Electronic arts also announced last May to work on The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-eartha mobile game inspired by the iconic events and characters of the license.
The game has been classified as a “collectible RPG” (roughly a gacha game), but its gameplay remained relatively hazy. For Gamespot, art director Chris Salazar provides some details.
This Lord of the Rings: Heroes Of Middle-Earth then takes the form of a turn-by-turn “collectible RPG”, sometimes as part of a scripted campaign, sometimes during PvP battles. As part of a struggle between good and evil, the player must compose his roster of heroes: to avoid too many contortions with the license, Heroes of Middle-earth imagine adding a new Ring to the game world, allowing the heroes of Middle-earth to be summoned regardless of time or place: players, for example, have the vocation to replay the battle of Helm’s Deepand they can compose their own team with heroes who shouldn’t be present.
Quite classically, all heroes have their own abilities and the composition of a troop is of some importance on a tactical level as the heroes can also develop synergies to launch combos in common or take advantage of duo bonuses.
The developer claims a particular care reserved for the narrative and promises a solid social and competitive dimension. It remains to clarify the mechanics of unlocking the heroes via “a rich collection system”: the game is currently being tested in the Philippines, and the first heroes can be unlocked with the currency earned in-game. While early characters are obviously easy to obtain (a few coins are enough to summon), Middle-earth’s most iconic heroes may require more effort and investment. To judge on the spot, the developer promises a pre-launch in some territories soon, pending a global launch on iOS and Android platforms.