Just when you thought hobbits and dwarves couldn’t get any smaller, Lego decides it’s time to legotize Peter Jackson’s vision of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel. The recently-announced game, developed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games, is loosely based on the first two films in Jackson’s planned trilogy, last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the recently-released The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Players will able to don the the role of the the novel’s flagship hobbit, Bilbo, as well as the infamous Gandalf, and each of the 13 dwarves in Bilbo’s company. Sadly, the dragon is nowhere in sight.
The first trailer for the title showcases a childlike Middle-earth of sorts — encompassing iconic locations from Bag End and Mirkwood, to the Misty Mountains and Rivendell — all of which are dolled up in blocks and a supreme plastic gleam. A feeble Gollum and the three trolls also make an appearance, along with a bow-slinging Legolas, further establishing the game is founded more on the films than Tolkien’s literature. If it’s anything like LEGO Lord of the Rings, a previous Tolkien-centric installment in the Lego universe, we can expect plenty of problem solving, button-mashing, and a jarring comedic spin that is a hallmark of Lego’s aesthetics. Warner Bros. also claims the title will offer the most diverse gameplay and quest structure of any Lego game to date, but being the cinematic trailer it is, gameplay footage will have to wait.
LEGO: The Hobbit is slated for 2014 release on nearly every current-gen system, including the PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita, and PC. Whew!