[UPDATE: Warner Bros. Interactive & TT Games have confirmed the game and a spring 2014 release for all platforms]
LEGO The Hobbit might just be a real thing that may very well be set for a multi-platform release come 2014. You’ll have to excuse our ambiguity as the source of this news is an alleged scan of the instruction manual to an actual LEGO The Hobbit set.
The image surfaced on the website of LEGO based, stop-motion animation studio Animato Studios and certainly looks legitimate, but without official word from Warner Bros. its validity is up in the air. However, considering the enduring nature of the LEGO video game series over the last decade, and the fact that LEGO Lord of the Rings already exists, the likelihood of LEGO The Hobbit materializing next year is high — with or without the instruction manual scan.
If for a moment we’re to assume that the image is genuine, then LEGO The Hobbit will be making its way to every modern platform under the sun: Xbox 360, PC, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. As for the game’s presence on Sony platforms, the image only explicitly states “PlayStation” and “PlayStation Network”, which probably points to a PlayStation 3 and PS Vita release.
It may be possible that the image’s ambiguity concerning Sony consoles points to a PlayStation 4 release, but considering the amount of platforms LEGO The Hobbit is slated for, the lack of a Xbox One would likely mean we won’t be seeing a PS4 version either. This being said, the recently released LEGO Marvel Super Heroes appeared on both next-gen consoles, so why wouldn’t LEGO The Hobbit?
The game’s afoot! No, not literally… Ugh, just forget it.
Aside from the aforementioned info, the only other pearls of wisdom the instruction manual scan gives us is a “lego.com/thehobbit” URL that doesn’t contain any information on a LEGO The Hobbit console game, the logo of long-time LEGO game developer TT Games, and trademark information on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again (no mention of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) – glean from that what you will.
For now, that’s all we really have to share on the matter apart from “Lego, Lego, I love Lego!” I’m most certainly ready for a LEGO The Hobbit game, but are you? Do you have reason to doubt the alleged instruction manual scan? Is there reason to be concerned over the lack of PS4 and Xbox One logos on the image? Drop us a comment and let us know what you think!
Source: Animato Studios