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Katniss in your pocket? Official 'Hunger Games' game goes mobile

Lionsgate and Kabam team up to build a mobile game for smartphones and tablets based on "The Hunger Games" franchise.


While the "Hunger Games" movies have captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of moviegoers over the last few years, there has yet to be a decent spinoff mobile game based on the series. There have been a few attempts, certainly, but they've all kind of sucked. Could that be about to change?

On Friday, Lionsgate announced that it's partnered with game studio Kabam to build a free-to-play game based on the "Hunger Games" universe later this year. It will be a role-playing and card-collecting game where players assume the identity of District Members charged with completing missions to build their alliance with other districts, liberate their own district, and rebuild the world of Panem.

Kabam is an industry leader in building mobile games for major movie releases. The company is best known for its game The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth, which grossed over $100 million in revenue in its first year. Given that "The Hunger Games" movies have already grossed about $1.5 billion in total, Kabam will likely have another success on its hands.

"Being able to role-play with the mentors straight from the world of 'The Hunger Games' will let fans feel as if they are in the middle of the action," Danielle DePalma, Lionsgate's EVP of digital media, said in a statement.

A release date and platforms were not announced, though we expect the timing will coincide with the release of "Mockingjay" later this year. When the game does finally come out, we certainly hope that the cards will be ever in your favor.