The Lord of the Rings remains a popular target for adaptations and now, we find that a new Middle-earth game has entered development with Take-Two Interactive.
Developed by the interactive games division of Wētā Workshop, this announcement ties in well with the release of Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power next month, in which Wētā Workshop is also involved. The Outer Worlds, Hades and OlliOlli World.
Speaking in the Private Division official website (opens in new tab), Amie Wolken, head of interaction at Wētā Workshop, teased that this game is “so different from what fans have played before”. However, aside from that and the Middle-earth setting, details about the currently unnamed game are pretty sparse.
Unsurprisingly, being in early development means there’s no solid release date attached, only that it’s expected to release “during Take-Two’s 2024 fiscal year”. Historically, Take-Two has been a cross-platform publisher, so given the timeframe, we speculate it will be coming to PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with @WetaWorkshop to publish a new game set in JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth literary universe. We look forward to sharing more about the project in the future! pic.twitter.com/z9HxvXe7DaAugust 15, 2022
It’s not our only adventure in Middle-earth
Wolken’s statement made me curious about what exactly this new Middle-earth game could bring. While previous adaptations like The Lord of the Rings: War in the North and Middle-earth: Shadow of War have been more action-oriented, we’ve also seen some divergence, making it harder to predict exactly what the team plans.
From more comedic experiences like LEGO: The Hobbit to the upcoming MMORPG Lord of the Rings Online, there’s also The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, a future adaptation set during the early chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring. Brought to us by publishers Nacon and Daedalic Entertainment, it also promises something different.
With the gameplay split between Gollum and Sméagol, his former self, we’ll need to manage these two aspects of his character in a series of stealth and platforming sections. Sadly, Gollum was recently pushed back to late 2022, but it shouldn’t be long before we can finally try it out.