Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle Earth has finally shown off some concrete details, including gameplay footage, characters and more in a new showcase video. The game is currently in testing, but it is still expected to release “on iOS and Android soon”, according to the announcement video.
You can watch a full interview with the game’s art director Chris Salazar, who walks you through all of the mechanics and characters to expect, on GameSpot’s YouTube channel here:
Lord of the Rings has risen in popularity lately, after the announcement of multiple upcoming titles across various platforms, in addition to the gargantuan Amazon series The Rings of Power.
Both the show and Heroes of Middle-Earth will surely share the same controversy, for freely playing around with the mythology of masterful author J.R.R. Tolkien. The devs incorporated a new Ring in order to establish creative freedom, allowing wiggle room for the game to use the same mechanics and features as Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.
It’s clear that Heroes of Middle-Earth isn’t aiming for any kind of adaptation, instead focusing on playing in the IP sandbox. Some of the designs look familiar, but the story seems like a mere agent to include them.
Also, the visuals aren’t really up to par, even compared to Galaxy of Heroes and similar mobile titles. Middle-Earth is so thoroughly, carefully illustrated by Tolkien, that it’s pretty odd to see gameplay like this. But there’s always room for improvement, and a release date remains far off.
Although it’s always disappointing when such unusually rich and dense source material isn’t directly translated for new entertainment, Tolkien’s text will remain intact. Fans of Galaxy of Heroes might enjoy the same features in a Middle-Earth setting, and for many (especially casual gamers), that will be enough.
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