Last year The Embracer Group bought the rights to make games from The Lord of the Rings and they wasted no time. As for the Swedes, we can welcome no less than five games in the series over the next two years.
The games are all made by outside studios. However, the timeline is not entirely clear. According to Embracer’s most recent financial report, the releases are in the 2023/2024 fiscal year, so that would mean releases after March 2024. Another presentation of the same numbers talks about “over the next 24 months.” Either way, we’re going to be getting a ton of games from Middle Earth in the short term. But what games are they?
Lord of the Rings: Gollum
The first one is pretty easy to guess and would have to be Lord of the Rings: Gollum. The stealth action/adventure was delayed last September and will be released in the spring/summer of this year. The game is developed by Datalic Entertainment.
Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle Earth
The other is much easier to guess and is EA’s mobile title The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth. An RPG where you collect famous heroes. Perhaps we are all waiting too much, but still.
Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria
Another game we know is a title in the works at Free Range Games; Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria. In this game, you take on the role of dwarves trying to reclaim the procedurally generated Moria.
The other two games are unclear. Vita Workshop in New Zealand appears to be working on a title, but there are no details on what they’re working on. Vetta workshopped the digital effects for the Lord of the Rings films and Avatar.
The fifth game is completely out of the question. So it is questionable whether all these titles will be released within the next two years. There is a good chance that Embrace Group will be mainly very favorable in attracting investors.
Anyway, a lot of content is being worked on right now.
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