|[December 04, 2012]
Enter the Battleground! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Launches Guardians of Middle-earth
BURBANK, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces the launch of Guardians
of Middle-earth, a new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA)
game developed by Monolith Productions, available today on
PlayStation®Network and tomorrow, Dec. 5, 2012, for Xbox LIVE®
Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from
Microsoft (News - Alert).
With more than 20 playable Guardian characters available for
unparalleled competitive play, Guardians of Middle-earth
is $14.99 on PlayStation Network, and 1200 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE
Arcade for Xbox 360. A separate Season Pass can be purchased for just
$14.99 more, or 1200 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360, and provides
discounted access to a significant amount of additional game content to
be released in the future, including Guardian characters and a new
gameplay mode. The game and the Season Pass are available for bundled
purchase* in select retail stores across North America for a price of
$29.99 beginning Dec. 4.
"Guardians of Middle-earth provides an avenue for fans to
experience memorable Middle-earth characters firsthand, including many
from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey film," said Samantha Ryan,
Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros.
Interactive Entertainment. "The game has all of the depth and rich
competitive strategy of traditional MOBA games and provides a great
entry point for new MOBA players on consoles, since it is set in the
familiar fantasy world of Middle-earth."
In Guardians of Middle-earth, gamers team up as the
most powerful heroes from the greatest fantasy epic of all time,
bringing up to 10 players together in strategic five versus five
competitive multiplayer battle arenas. There will be more than 20
playable Guardian characters available at launch, drawn from both The
Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy and The Hobbit Film Trilogy,
including Gandalf, Nori, Eowyn, Legolas, Galadriel, Sauron and Gollum.
Gamers will be able to connect with other players via an in-game voice
communication system, as well as access a comprehensive online stat and
leader board system where they can track friends' vicories and defeats.
The game will include several characters from the upcoming The
Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey motion picture, which is set for
release on Dec. 14, 2012, directed by Peter Jackson and a production of
New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).
For more information about Guardians of Middle-earth,
please visit the website at www.guardiansofmiddleearth.com,
on Facebook (News - Alert) at www.facebook.com/GuardiansofMiddleearth
or on Twitter (News - Alert) @GuardiansMe
*Purchase of Guardians of Middle-earth for Xbox LIVE
Arcade for Xbox 360 in North American retail stores will include
Microsoft Points equal in value to the full game plus the Season Pass of
downloadable content, while versions of the title for PlayStation®3
system will include PSN vouchers equal in value to the full game, plus
the Season Pass of downloadable content.
About Monolith Productions
Monolith Productions, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is located
in Kirkland, WA. Over the past 15 years, Monolith has risen to critical
acclaim through an emphasis on delivering quality products such as
F.E.A.R., The Condemned series, Aliens vs. Predator 2, TRON 2.0, the No
One Lives Forever franchise and Gotham City Impostors.
About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home
Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer,
licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive
space across all current and future platforms, including console,
handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game
About The Hobbit Trilogy
A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM),
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is the first of three films
from filmmaker Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of "The
Lord of the Rings" Trilogy. The screenplay for "The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey" is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson &
Guillermo del Toro. Jackson is also producing the film, together with
Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive
producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn
Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and the second and third films of
the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Pictures, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is
handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international
territories as well as all international television distribution being
handled by MGM.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will be released on December 14,
2012, with the second film, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,"
releasing December 13, 2013, and the third film, "The Hobbit: There and
Back Again," slated for July 18, 2014.
GUARDIANS OF MIDDLE-EARTH © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2012
New Line Productions, Inc. © The Saul Zaentz Company. GUARDIANS OF
MIDDLE-EARTH, THE HOBBIT, and the names of the characters, items, events
and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a
Middle-earth Enterprises under license to Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of
their respective owners. All rights reserved.
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