The Lord of the Rings Mobile Game Sounds Like an Epic Trash Pile

The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy adventure, but trying to turn it into a mobile game probably won’t go well for anyone.
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Remember those largely enjoyable Middle Earth games? This isn't that. | Source: Steam/Monolith Productions
  • Chinese mobile developer NetEase is partnering with Warner Bros to produce a The Lord of the Rings mobile game.
  • The game is going to be a strategy title that “will unlock new opportunities for players to explore the iconic settings and characters of Middle Earth”.
  • Like all mobile games, this ‘strategy’ title is going to be a dull, money-grubbing, reskin.

People just won’t leave The Lord of the Rings alone. We’ve got plenty of decent adaptations already. Somehow piling on yet another trashy mobile title just doesn’t seem like it’s going to add anything to the world.

How about working on a real LOTR game deserving of its epic scope? | Source: Source: Twitter

NetEase is partnering with Warner Bros to create a new strategy game based on Tolkien’s fantasy epic. Basically, it’s going to be like the other 400 ‘strategy’ games on mobile. It’ll just have The Lord of the Rings stapled over the top of it.

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It seems like mobile gaming’s reputation is pretty well known, even popping up in this discussion of The Lord of the Rings mobile game. | Source: Twitter

The Lord of the Rings and Mobile Gaming Don’t Mix

This is not the first time that someone has taken Tolkien’s world and made it into a mobile game. Back when they were still trying to convince people that The Hobbit trilogy were good movies, they made a game on mobile to advertised is.

If you’ve ever played a mobile strategy game, then you’ve played that Hobbit game. It’s all about repetitive resource grinding, building up an army, and waiting for extended periods.

The actual amount of content in these games, if done properly, would last you a few hours at most. Instead of that, we get wait times of up to 24-hours and a huge paywall. I can’t think of anything worse for The Lord of the Rings.

The Not-So-Epic Fantasy

I can’t think of a worse fit for an epic fantasy story than a mobile game. Having to build units for 8 hours until I can actually do something doesn’t exactly sound like a Tolkien-esque adventure to me.

Then again, this is NetEase. It’s not like they haven’t made semi-decent mobile games before. But, they’ve made just as much trash as they have gold. The fact that this is a Lord of the Rings ‘strategy’ game is probably the biggest concern. Just look at their other strategy title.

I suppose it’s not inconceivable that the game will come out and be good. The Lord of the Rings is a great property. You can do some really interesting things with it. Though, that becomes much harder to do when you make all of your money from skinner-box-Esque micro-transaction loops.

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William Worrall

William Worrall

William Worrall is a professional writer based out of the UK who has been writing about video and tabletop games for over a decade and has covered industry events such as EGX and UKGE. , contact him at william.worrall@ccn.com, see his LinkedIn profile here, or check him out on Muck Rack.

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