Take-Two’s Private Division label is developing a Lord of the Rings game, and it’s called Tales from the Shire.
You may remember that the game was announced in 2022, although no title was specified.
In development with Weta Workshop, a New Zealand-based special effects and props company that produces effects for television and film, not much is currently known about Tales of the Shire.
All we know is that the focus is on a “cozy hobbit life” and is scheduled to release on consoles and PC in 2024.
Tales of the Shire is just a work in progress game based on The Lord of the Rings IP. “The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria” will be released in October 2023 and Amazon is once again working on its “Lord of the Rings” MMO.
The Lord of the Rings intellectual property is owned by Embracer Group, which acquired Middle-earth Enterprises in August 2022, giving the company access to the catalog and worldwide rights to feature films, video games, board games, merchandising, theme parks and stage productions related to the literary works The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.
Included are corresponding rights to other Middle-earth-related literary works authorized by the Tolkien Estate and HarperCollins.
That means we can expect more games, more TV shows, more movies and everything in between, as Embracer says it needs to “leverage Lord of the Rings in very significant ways.” Whether such exploitation is a good sign for the franchise remains to be seen.