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Guardians of Middle-Earth announced for PC

Thursday, 15th August 2013 14:06 GMT By Dave Cook

Lords of the Rings MOBA Guardians of Middle-Earth has been confirmed for PC release, courtesy of publisher Warner Bros.

In a press release sent to VG247 today, the publisher confirmed an August 29 release date on Steam and other digital retailers at £14.99. Blacklight: Retribution developer Zombie Studios is on porting duties.

If you’ve already got the game on PS3 or Xbox 360 you may be eligible for a code for the base game on PC. Check out the site for details.

The announcement trailer is above.

Warner confirmed that the PC release will feature all 36 characters from the console edition, as well as three modes and six maps including The Shire, Goblin-town and Mirkwood. You will also be able to buy 36 alternate Guardian skins over Steam and the game will also have Steamworks integration, big picture mode and a variety of controller support options.

The £14.99 release comes with Gandalf, Galadriel, Thráin, Gollum, Hildifons and Legolas and their alternate skins, while further guardians will be available as DLC. If you want all the content at once you can buy the Mithril Edition at £60.99, which includes all 36 playable Guardians, 36 alternate skins, the Mithril Guardian Relic and a buddy key.

The 36 alternate Guardian skins can be bought in class-specific packs that include five Guardians and their five alternate skins for £11.99 each. You can also buy Smaug’s Treasure, which includes a stack of in-game currency and Smaug’s Greed Relic for £6.99.

If you pre-order the Mithril Edition on Steam you will get 10 per cent off the price, while those who pre-order the standard edition get 10 per cent off the game as well as a Company of Dwarves bundle, including five playable Guardians including Ori, Nori, Glóin, Kíli, Thorin Oakenshield and their alternate skins.

Phew. Who’s interested then?

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  1. SplatteredHouse

    There probably isn’t a much better concept for a MOBA! LOTR epic battling, condensed to a palatable puree. How did it play on console – did it meet the potential?

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Johnnymaxx

    I’ve played it a little bit on my PS3. Around 5 matches or something. The game sounded and looked good, however I had several problems with matchmaking and a huge lag issue.

    I know that because I live in Brazil, latency would be a problem just like it is in any other foreign game I play, but it was never so bad as it was with GoME.

    So, because of the huge lag issues and matchmaking problems (I formed a party with a friend of mine and we were placed in opposite teams), I decided to not play it anymore and give it another try later. But I never gave it another try.

    Maybe now is a good time to do it. :)

    #2 11 months ago
  3. deathm00n

    @2 Brazilian here, I thought it was because of my horrible connection (it’s bad even for Brazil standards, Speedy 2Mb). Maybe it’s a region problem then.

    @1 Besides this problem with matchmaking and lag it’s very good, it’s made for consoles, they will have to redesign it for PC I think… You attack in the direction your character is facing. Something weird for a MOBA, but that works wonderfuly in consoles

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Johnnymaxx

    @3 Yeah man, it was not your connection’s problem. I had 100Mb optic fiber and it was still laggy as hell.

    #4 11 months ago