The Hobbit gets two F2P strategy games

There’s guaranteed to be more than a few games released to tie in with Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, and today we’ve got two to add to the list. The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth is headed to mobile devices, while The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age takes on the browser-based market.

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Both free-to-play, multiplayer strategy games are co-published by Warner Bros. and Kabam, developers of Kingdoms of Camelot. They’re both due out before the end of the year, but if you want to get in quick, beta signups are currently being accepted for Armies of the Third Age.

Kevin Chou, CEO of Kabam, explains:

The Hobbit films are among the most anticipated entertainment launches of all time. Kabam’s unique ability to blend the art of game design and the science of free-to-play distribution makes us a natural fit to partner with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to deliver thrilling games via the Web and mobile devices for The Hobbit film fans around the world.

His thoughts are shared, with Greg Ballard, Senior Vice President of Digital Games at Warner Bros.:

We are very pleased to work with Kabam in creating immersive free-to-play online games on massive scales across multiple platforms. Kabam’s Armies of the Third Age and Kingdoms of Middle-earth will be an excellent way for The Hobbit film fans around the world to delve more into the iconic story and interact with the characters in the universe.

We don’t know too much about the games just yet, but they’re sounding like a bit of fun. The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth challenges players to build and manage their own Middle-earth kingdom (who’dathunk?), at the same time forging allegiances with other players to explore the world and take part in the epic war that threatens your land.

The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age is somewhat more focussed on the war itself, putting you at the helm of a mighty army (pick one: Elves, Dwarves or Orcs), while controlling heroes (like Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey), in the middle of some fast-paced strategic combat. The fate of Middle-earth hangs in the balance!

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