In an interview with the L.A. Times, Martin Tremblay, president of Warner Interactive, dropped the word that WB will be releasing a Hobbit video game in 2012, before the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes out that December. The game is planned as one of the studio's top releases for next year, along with a Lego Batman sequel and a game featuring a superhero from Warner's DC Comics unit that Tremblay isn't ready to name yet. (I'm hoping for a AAA Arm Fall Off Boy game.)
Temblay is clear that the WB games are not planned as direct, movie-tie in shovelware.
"The movie-based games business is broken, and for teen-targeted titles, we're going to try and distance ourselves from the movies so the game stands by itself," Tremblay said, obviously learning a lesson from the releases of the last two Batman games, which were both separate from the Batman movies that were released in the same time period.
"What we have in common with our movie counterparts is that we're following a tent-pole strategy," Tremblay said. "We're making the serious investments it takes to build franchises, and we don't just want to release good games, we want to be sure that we make a statement."
While WB obviously has some ambitious plans for the future -- the company has purchased five development studios and started a sixth -- whether they'll be able to take WB properties and make viable games out of them consistently remains to be seen. The next big WB release, Lord of the Rings: The War in the North, is meant to be a hardcore, serious RPG in the Tolkien universe. Whether it sinks or swims will reveal a lot, don't you think?
Source: LA Times