Warner Bros. Entertainment has made it official: The Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle-Earth has launched for the PlayStation 3 today on the PlayStation Network. The game will also arrive for the Xbox 360 via Xbox Live starting tomorrow, on December 5th.
Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment commented in the press release about the game's launch, saying...
“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,” ... “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.”
The multiplayer-online battle arena game set within the Lord of the Rings universe is kind of aimed at getting the League of Legends crowd but for home consoles. One of the appeals of LoL is that it's free-to-play without all the pay-to-win gimmicks. It's hard to tell right now if Guardians of Middle-Earth will be able to maintain appeal or not given the price of entry and the fact that it's on consoles.
Still, Warner Bros has an entire season's worth of DLC in the pipeline for the game (and aren't you always glad when there's DLC in the pipeline before a game is even finished?) so if you know you're already going to take a liking to Guardians of Middle-Earth, a bundle pack is available where you can get the game and the DLC season pass for $29.99 via the PS Store or 2400 MSP from the Xbox Live Marketplace.
You can graba digital copy of the game for PS3 right now or learn more by visiting the Official Website.