There’s a new Lord of the Rings game, pre-registrations now open

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Warner Bros. and NetEase have confirmed a release date for their upcoming Lord of the Rings game, with pre-registrations now open.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War will officially launch on mobile devices next month. It will be available to download via the App Store, Google Play Store, or Galaxy Store on September 23rd.

We’re awaiting an official trailer. The game’s YouTube channel has no videos, so here’s a fan upload.

Pre-registrations are now open with players able to get their hands on some early rewards. In-game materials, currencies, and cosmetic items will be unlocked as the number of registrations increases.

With a name like “Rise to War” you can already predict how this Lord of the Rings game may play out. It’s a mobile strategy title that has you running quests and managing your kingdom, with the occasional 3D battle against other armies.

The setting, characters, and locations are all based on those from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit motion picture trilogies. One of the main appeals of Rise to War is the ability to collect a roster of your favourite heroes and villains to lead your armies.

The game has been in beta for many months now, so there’s plenty of gameplay previews out there. If you want to learn more about Rise to War, NetEase has explained what LOTR fans can expect in more detail:

In this Geo-Strategic Seasonal Wargame, players will embark on new adventures to build armies for conquest and strategically expand their territory in pursuit of the One Ring. Set in the Third Age of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War offers an immersive and faithful rendition of the fictional world of Arda and its vast array of characters – from the Ranger of the North, Aragorn, to the Elven Lord of Rivendell, Elrond.

Based on their choices to side with good or evil, players can build either Fellowships or Warbands, and collaborate with other members on razor-sharp attack plans and deeply fortified defenses against their rivals. Fans will cultivate the bonds of these alliances on the battlefield, all with the goal of expanding territories via the game’s tile-based map design. With the diverse terrains and waters of Middle-earth divided and represented by these tiles, each action-packed victory will claim another piece for the alliance, while each defeat will result in a loss of land.

These complex alliance-building and tile-based systems inherent to The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War will set courageous adventurers on a path to not only outwit and defeat their enemies, but also seize the ultimate prize: The One Ring. The title’s state-of-the-art immersive gameplay and simulated warfare will engulf fans in grippingly realistic consequences to their actions in-game, all inspired by masterful storytelling.

In other Lord of the Rings news, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will be launching in Fall 2022. If you were looking forward to Amazon’s upcoming LOTR MMORPG then we regret to inform you it has been cancelled.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring celebrates its 20th anniversary this December. While nothing has been confirmed, there may be a celebration event that could contain some fresh game news and reveals.

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