The matches played by Comic-Con attendees were capped at 15 minutes, though a typical game of Middle-earth will last "about 20 minutes, give or take," said Olander.

That's a perfect length for a console player, who might not sit down for extended periods like some PC gamers. And players start each match on equal footing, at level one and with three abilities, and can advance quickly up to level 14 by the end of a match, powering up abilities and unlocking their fourth one partway through.