With Peter Jackson working on two new films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings hype is once again at a fever pitch.  And Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is once again taking advantage, this time with a new MOBA-themed game set for release on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.

The game is called Guardians of Middle-Earth, and it’s a game with a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) and various characters at your disposal.  It’ll feature favorites like Sauron, Gandalf, Gollum and Thrain among others, complete with an online leaderboard system that keeps track of victories and defeats.  More features will also be introduced that will work in conjunction with the upcoming Hobbit films, the first of which is due this December.

“The MOBA genre is wildly popular with PC players and we are excited to bring it to consoles through the lore of Middle-Earth,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development at WBIE.  “The heroes and villains of Middle-Earth are crafted in a way that perfectly intersects with MOBA game features, allowing the development team to create guardians with deep skills and abilities for gamers to master.”

Development is being handled by Monolith, who previously struck a home run with the Batman-themed Gotham City Impostors.  Yeah, this should be fun.