The first, and only Lego Hobbit game was released shortly after the time the second instalment in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug was released in cinemas. As such, the original game was only able to chart the adventures of Bilbo and Thorin in the first two films. The last film, The Battle of the Five Armies was set to be adapted into the Lego videogame universe courtesy of downloadable content, but we have now learnt that this will not be the case, as said downloadable content has been cancelled by Warner Brothers.
“The Lego: The Hobbit videogame gives Lego and Middle-Earth fans a fun, new way to experience the legendary adventures of Bilbo and company as told in the first two films of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy,” the publisher said in a statement issues to Gamespot. This is what you’d expect from a publisher attempting to save face in what will undoubtedly be an unpopular move, particularly among fans of both the Lego videogames and The Hobbit film trilogy.
However the latter part of the statement makes absolutely no sense given the fact that the final film was originally meant to be released as DLC for the game titled “There and Back Again.” Warner originally announced these intentions last April when the game first released, but are now saying “The game provides an excellent set-up for the concluding chapter of Peter Jackson’s film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. There are no plans to develop DLC based on the final film of the trilogy.”
What Warner is essentially saying there is that the game was only ever intended to bridge the gap between the first two films and the final film, but this was not their original plan as they stated back in April of last year. So what is Warner’s reason for pulling the plug on the DLC? The most obvious reason for this would be the cost, and how the publisher might fear that the DLC would not sell incredibly well, and this might be a valid concern, since the only format that was able to crack the top 10 monthly sales charts for Lego The Hobbit upon release was the Xbox 360 version, with the other platforms barely reaching 15th position, per The Metro.