Warner Bros. And Cryptozoic Team For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Board Game

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Cryptozoic Entertainment announced their partnership for an all new board game based on Peter Jackson’s upcming prequel trilogy to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The game comes out early next year at most hobby and retail stores. It will be developed by Cryptozoic and the renowned developer Reiner Knizia. The game will be based on the travels of Bilbo and the thirteen dwarves who set off on an epic quest to reclaim treasure this December in the film.

Below is the full press release with more details and a few words from Cryptozoic Chief Operating Officer Scott Gaeta.

WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND
CRYPTOZOIC ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER FOR
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY BOARD GAME

Relive the Epic Journey of Bilbo Baggins with Master Game Designer Reiner Knizia

Available in Hobby Stores Nationwide in Early 2013

Irvine, CA (October 2, 2012)—Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Cryptozoic Entertainment™ today announced an all-new game for fans of Middle-earth: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Board Game. Launching in early 2013, Cryptozoic Entertainment and world-renowned game developer Reiner Knizia have created a board game that takes players through the exciting adventures of Bilbo Baggins and his thirteen Dwarves in the upcoming film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Based on the highly anticipated film from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Board Game brings fans on the journey to recover lost treasure.

“Every person on our team is a lifelong fan of The Hobbit, and as gamers, we’re huge fans of Reiner Knizia, making this game the perfect storm of awesome,”said Cryptozoic chief operating officer Scott Gaeta. “It’s really exciting to combine our passion for creating games with one of the greatest game designers of all time and one of the most timeless stories in modern literature. We can’t wait to share this epic journey with fans of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Board Gamewill be available in hobby and retail stores in early 2013. Capturing the spirit of Bilbo’s adventures, this cooperative game requires teamwork to successfully complete the journey. One to four players will employ limited resources as they trek through Middle-earth, attempting to defeat treacherous creatures and surmount obstacles leading up to a final battle. Joining forces with Dwarves, players will encounter challenges that will require a sharpened sword, quick feet or thoughtful diplomacy to overcome.

For more information about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Board Game and other games by Cryptozoic Entertainment, please visit www.cryptozoic.com. Keep up to date with exclusive contests, promotions and game information on Cryptozoic Entertainment’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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About The Hobbit Trilogy:

A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”is the first of three films from filmmaker Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy. The screenplay for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro. Jackson is also producing the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and the second and third films of the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be released on December 14, 2012, with the second film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” releasing December 13, 2013, and the third film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” slated for July 18, 2014.

www.thehobbit.com

About Cryptozoic Entertainment

Founded in 2010, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Inc. is a premier developer and publisher of original and licensed board games, card games, comics and trading cards, including the World of Warcraft® Trading Card Game, The Lookouts comic book, The Big Bang Theory: The Party Game and The Walking Dead™ Board Game. Following a philosophy and core principle of “Fans First,” the dedicated gamers and fans of the Cryptozoic Entertainment team are focused on producing fun and amazing products along with epic events that bring all gaming fans together as part of the Cryptozoic community. Visit www.cryptozoic.com for additional product and event information.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

©2012 Cryptozoic Entertainment. 16279 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618. All Rights Reserved.

© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and the names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc.

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