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LEGO The Hobbit and LEGO The Lord of the Rings withdrawn from sale

Digital editions of LEGO The Hobbit and LEGO The Lord of the Rings have been withdrawn from sale on PCs and consoles. The official reasons for this are unknown.

If you wanted to buy LEGO The Lord of the Rings or LEGO The Hobbit games, we don't have good news for you. Digital versions of both productions have been removed from sale – there is currently no way to buy them on Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo stores, as well as on of Steam or the Humble Store. The people who purchased these titles earlier can easily download them to the hard drives of their computers or consoles. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (as well as Traveller's Tales studio) are yet to reveale the reasons behind the move. However, it may be assumed that the license has simply expired. Interestingly, LEGO The Lord of the Rings is still available for mobile devices – you will find it in Google Play.

At this point, we should remember that, in the second half of December, both LEGO The Hobbit and LEGO The Lord of the Rings could be obtained for free – for two days, each of these productions was available to everyone through the Humble Store.

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Swords and arches are of no use in the clash with the faceless laws of digital distribution.

The dark side of digital distribution once again reveals itself to us. Players who don't have one of these titles in their library, but would still like to play them, can do little but buy a boxed version or obtain codes, which will probably still be available for some time. It should be noted that this is not the first time that games disappear from digital sales – in 2017, a similar fate met Alan Wake (who eventually returned to Steam more than a year later); before that, there was also the case of the famous P.T.

LEGO The Lord of the Rings debuted on PC and consoles in 2012, while LEGO The Hobbit was released on the same platforms two years later. Both productions are adaptations of Peter Jackson's movie series; while LEGO The Lord of the Rings recreates events from the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, LEGO The Hobbit is based only on the first two installments of the series: The Hobbit: An Unusual Journey and The Hobbit: The Void of Smaug – the missing excerpt from The Battle of the Five Armies was to be released as DLC, but the plan was never realized.

  1. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment official website
  2. Traveller’s Tales official website

Christian Pieniazek

Christian Pieniazek

Started working with in August 2016. Although the Game Encyclopedia has been his pride and joy from the beginning, he also writes for the Newsroom and the Editorial section. Gained professional experience through a now-defunct service, in which he worked for almost three years. Graduated in Cultural Studies at the AGH University of Krakow. Runs his own business, jogs, cycles, loves mountain hiking, is a fan of nu metal, is interested in space, and of course, enjoys playing games. Feels best in action games with an open world and RPGs, although won't turn down good racing or shooting games.


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