We have heard this through rumors before, but this time we have a copy paste section of a product brief sent to retail stores. It basically comes down to this, that Hobbit releases will not impact Warhammer or 40k releases, and will instead be on top of normal releases that are planned.
This is excellent news and comes from a product brief on the Hobbit Strategy game. Just to be clear, I have heard from certain sources as well (and could not release the info) that this was indeed the case, so this is very much written in stone and I consider this a verification of the rumor, and one I have been given permission to share.
via secret squirrel from the Faeit 212 inbox
I get to see product launch briefs when they come out and one thing jumped out at me from the hobbit product brief, I've pasted it below;
"We will continue to support Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 customers by launching new products every month. The Lord of the Rings releases historically replaced Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 sales. This time, any Hobbit releases are on top of our existing Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 plans."
So, to all the people who say "they should concentrate on 40k and not waste any months on LotR" can go to sleep happy as there will be a 40k/WFB launch every month next year and the hobbit will just be extras on top.