With two related titles already planned for consoles, Warner Bros. on Tuesday announced a partnership to create video games for the Web and mobile devices based on its upcoming trilogy of "The Hobbit," with the first film set to hit theaters in December.
San Francisco-based Kabam, which focuses on free multi-player games for digital devices beyond consoles, will create two "Hobbit" tie-in video games set to launch later this fall, the studio said.
"The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age" is a military strategy game for Web browsers that lets players control armies of fantasy characters such as dwarfs, orcs and elves. In "The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth," for smartphones and tablets, players build and manage kingdoms in author J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional world.
Both will be free-to-play, meaning players need only pay when they choose to buy upgrades to assist in game play or change the appearance of their digital characters and locations.