GW awarded The Hobbit gaming licence

Games Workshop has been awarded the licence for gaming products based on the upcoming Hobbit film.

From their website:

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) announced today that it has extended its six-year licensing agreement with Games Workshop, enabling them exclusive, worldwide, all-language rights to produce tabletop games based on “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” properties.

This extension allows Games Workshop, the largest tabletop fantasy and futuristic battle-games company, to expand on their arsenal of battle-games and model soldiers. Under the agreement, Games Workshop will continue to develop and increase their offerings from Middle-earth, the literary creation of J.R.R. Tolkien, allowing fans to realistically recreate action from the books and movies, based on one of the most thrilling stories ever told.

  • This will be a nice money maker if Peter Jackson does as good a job as he did on LOTR.

    • cybogoblin

      That’s a given. What will be really interesting is the extra stuff he puts in there (like the White Council).

      Sure, GW have already done a White Council vs The Necromancer book, but this would give them a great excuse to do a rerelease ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Trent

    Sweet! Looking forward to some Battle of Five Armies action!

  • Marauder

    Yes!! I wonder if they will be pushing all 3 games or just some in particular? I can easily see them supporting the two 28mm games – but for Battle of the Five armies – chances are the appearance of the existing models won’t match what appears in the movies – I guess that’s just an opportunity to make “The move edition”!


    • LaughingFerret

      GW doesn’t seem interesting in supporting epic scale: maybe because it doesn’t look like much of anything from outside of a shop window to passerbys. I’d guess they may have a Battle of Five Armies (warmaster) re-release, but probably they’ll be doing something in 28mm like for their other Tolkien games. On the plus side, maybe they’ll be some nice new plastic spiders- was never very thrilled about their current mirkwood spiders. And the potential for Smaug… ๐Ÿ™‚

      • grimbergen

        They already re-released BOFA a few months ago. I made sure to order it in case it was a temporary stock since I missed the first release, but it seems it is being remanufactured as it is still available for sale. I wonder if they restarted it as part of their bid for this license.

      • grimbergen

        Oh yeah, I do hope they re-release the BOFA smaug…been trying to get it but it’s selling for like $80 on ebay.

  • YES!

  • ninja007

    Boo. The original LotR movie tie-ins, good games or not, have been pointed at over and over as a terrible business plan and a failure that has hurt GW and been bad for the fans overall.

    Now, suddenly, we want them to do more movie tie-ins? They seem to have more or less recovered from the LotR Bubble Burst…time for a new headlong rush into foolish plans, I guess.

    At least we will get some kickass minis out of the whole thing.