Wētā Workshop announced today that they are working on a Lord of the Rings game with Public Division, which is connected to Take-Two Interactive.
It was revealed that the game would center on the “literary Middle-earth universe of J.R.R. Tolkien.”. The studio also has the “broadest creative license to interpret the underlying lore of the books.”, which most likely means the game will center on new characters while building upon & fleshing out the lore of the books around these characters.
Michael Worosz, Take-Two Chief Strategy Officer, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Wētā Workshop to publish a game set in such an extraordinary and celebrated universe. The Lord of the Rings IP is home to so many remarkable stories, and no entity is better equipped than the team at Wētā Workshop to create a distinctive, new Middle-earth gaming experience.“
Wētā Workshop’s Amie Wolken added: “It’s a privilege to create a new game set in Middle-earth, especially one that’s so different from what fans have played previously. As fans ourselves, we’re excited for gamers to explore Middle-earth in a way they never have before and introduce new fans to the magic of The Lord of the Rings.“
No release date was announced for the game, but word is that it’s targeting a 2024 release window.