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Video: This LEGO The Hobbit Launch Trailer Prepares You for the Quest

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Orcs, a dragon and all that good stuff

Its arrival may be rather at odds with the movie Christmas launches of the past two years, but LEGO The Hobbit is in North American stores from today and hits Europe on 11th April, including the Wii U and 3DS in its many release platforms. The game features events from the first two films of the trilogy, and we'd bet all of Smaug's gold that another title will follow to cash in on this years final cinema release.

For now we have this title, with Warner Bros. Interative Entertainment and TT Games keen to tell us that it's the Hobbit-themed adventure we've all been waiting for. The LEGO game formula has certainly served both companies very well for a number of years, while a press release accompanying the launch promises the following.

LEGO The Hobbit will take players on epic quests and a variety of adventures as they explore key locations from the films, such as Lake-town, Dale, Erebor, Bag End, Goblin-town, Mirkwood, Rivendell and the treacherous High Pass over the Misty Mountains. Fans will also assume the roles of their favorite characters, including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and the Dwarves of Erebor: Thorin, Fíli, Kíli, Óin, Glóin, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori and Ori, each possessing a unique and hilarious ability. One of the main new features of the game allows players to utilize the Dwarves’ combined abilities such as buddy fighting, two-player attack, staff climb, mace swing and belly bounce to help them fight Orcs and fouler things or to progress through the game.

Friends and family will enjoy discovering Middle-earth through the easy access drop-in, drop-out gameplay option available on the consoles. Together players will navigate 16 levels, unlock more than 90 playable characters and partake in diverse treasure quests, mine for gems, discover loot from enemies, craft powerful magical items, and collect objects as they triumph in a game of riddles and discover the power of The One Ring.

That's PR talk, of course, but it'll be interesting to see how this title stacks up against its many LEGO predecessors. Let us know whether you're thinking of embarking on the quest, while the latest launch trailer is below — if you haven't seen the films, it has some spoilers.

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User Comments (12)

antonvaltaz

#1

antonvaltaz said:

"The game features events from the first two films of the trilogy, and we'd bet all of Smaug's gold that another title will follow to cash in on this years final cinema release."

Nintendo Force magazine claimed that the third film content would be in the form of DLC.

PvtOttobot

#3

PvtOttobot said:

The trailer makes it look real good, but I can't ignore the fact that ALL the recent movie tie-in lego games have been mediocre and shodelly constructed

memoryman3

#4

memoryman3 said:

@antonvaltaz The DLC better be on Wii U....

How comes this and LEGO Movie have no reviews yet while LEGO Marvel had loads? Makes me suspicious...

memoryman3

#5

memoryman3 said:

I've just read in GameInformer that the Wii U version releases after all the other versions as usual in the UK.....

rjejr

#6

rjejr said:

Want this, but won't get it until I hear an official explanation of covering content for the 3rd movie. It should be available as DLC, but I don't want DLC on my Wii U if it's large. Since the whole engine and probably 90% of the textures and characters are already in here it could be a tiny unlock key. Or it could be a $50 game. Or a $30 game. Or there could be a GH package of both games for $30 next year. And just when does it come out?

We all know the 3rd movie is out in Dec, they should announce their plans now. There really should be a DL code in the box for the 3rd movie, no extra charge. SW, LOTR, Pirates and Indy all had 3 movies per game.

Zemus-DJ

#7

Zemus-DJ said:

Want it, loved Lego LoTR but not getting till I know the extra content of 3rd movie will be in as DLC for cheap.

Evenmoresteven

#8

Evenmoresteven said:

Heard the Wii U version got delayed in North America until April 22nd. And only the Wii U, which is very strange.

Shanksta

#11

Shanksta said:

@Evenmoresteven Yeah, I noticed that too when I pre-ordered it. There's simply no explanation behind it and everywhere has the same date as 4/22, only for WiiU version. Strange...

paburrows

#12

paburrows said:

@Evenmoresteven Yeah I just went to Gamestop to pick up my pre-order and they told me that it was delayed, they were nice enough though when I asked to give me the Bilbo minifigure so that I make sure to get one though. Oh well I still have about 5 or 6 Christmas Wii U games to go through anyways.

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