Warner Bros. has officially announced LEGO The Hobbit following a leak last week.
The new title, developed by TT Games, is based on the first two films of The Hobbit Trilogy – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the upcoming The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. Players will venture on quests throughout Middle-earth, joining Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and Thorin Oakenshield and Company in their adventures toward the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor.
Playable characters include Bilbo, Gandalf, and all of the Dwarves: Thorin, Fíli, Kíli, Óin, Glóin, Dwalin, Balin Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori and Ori. Each comes with his own special ability, such as Bombur’s trampoline that enables his companions to “belly-bounce” out of danger.
Various locations are included in LEGO The Hobbit, such as Bag End, Bilbo’s Hobbit-hole in Hobbiton, High Pass over The Misty Mountains, Goblin-town, Mirkwood and Rivendell.
Players will encounter various puzzles, partake in Treasure Quests, and battle with Orcs, Trolls and fouler things. The game will also allow users to mine for gems, discover loot from enemies, and craft powerful magical items or build immense new LEGO structures.
LEGO The Hobbit will be out next year for Wii U, 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, and Mac.