Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has unveiled two new playable characters for its upcoming Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle-earth. Beregond and Felgrom have been announced in the latest Battle Profile trailer for this multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game.
Beregond, the 20th ruling Steward of Gondor who first appeared in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King, is described by Warner Bros. as “a skillful warrior and tough damage dealer.” Felgrom, on the other hand, is “a powerful and deranged goblin whose scorching abilities are enormously powerful and deadly.”
The MOBA genre, popularized by the likes of League of Legends and Defense of the Ancients, is uncommon on console. Developer Monolith, previously responsible for the F.E.A.R. series, has gone to great pains to translate this popular PC style to console in Guardians of Middle-earth. It features the five-on-five, three-lane gameplay typical of the genre, with its controls tailored specifically console-gamepad play.
Guardians of Middle-earth is also said to include tie-ins to the upcoming theatrical release The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and will feature more than 20 iconic characters from The Lord of the Rings lore. It’s scheduled for release in December for 1200 MSP, with downloadable content in the form of additional maps, characters and another gameplay mode to follow.