The Lord Of The Rings IP To See 5 Game Releases By 2024
Official details for only a few of them are available as of now.
- The Lord of the Rings franchise will see the launch of five video game adaptations by the next year, as noted by the Embracer Group CEO Lars Wingefors in the recent quarterly earnings presentations.
- Four of these projects have already been officially announced. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is a stealth action-adventure title that has suffered many delays; it will likely release in the first half of the FY 2023/2024 fiscal year.
- The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria is a survival co-op experience set in the fourth age of Middle-earth. It will release sometime later this year.
- The other two entries include EA’s mobile game called The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth and an unnamed project by a partnership between Private Division and Weta Workshop.
The Lord of the Rings IP remains one of the most unexplored in the gaming industry, with it failing to see major big-budget releases in recent times. However, Embracer group is willing to change that after noticing a positive reception of the company acquiring the rights to Middle-Earth Enterprises and Lord of the Rings IP alongside it.
In the quarter, Freemode closed the previously announced acquisition Middle-Earth Enterprises. This acquisition has generated a lot of interest among both internal and external partners for the Lord of the Rings IP, across different media formats,” said Embracer Group CEO Lars Wingefors.
Furthermore, Embracer Group has recently highlighted its goals with the newly purchased IP, noting its long-term approach regarding video game releases. It is reportedly seeking to release five games in the Lord of the Rings IP by the financial year 2023/2024. Moreover, a film is also allegedly in production by an external party.
There are currently five games in production by external partners, to be released in financial year 2023/24. There is also one film in production by an external partner,” noted Embracer Group CEO Lars Wingefors.
Four of the five mentioned Lord of the Rings games have already been officially revealed in the past. One of them is The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, which follows the chronicles of Gollum and his esthetic voyage through Middle-earth. A teaser trailer for it was revealed during the latest iteration of The Game Awards 2022.
The stealth action-adventure title originally announced in 2019 by Daedalic Entertainment has seemingly seen a lot of major delays and internal struggles. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum was initially slated for a 2021 release, but the team pushed it to the following year.
It was slated for an early 2022 release but was delayed further for a September launch in another postponement. Regardless, a silent delay to 2023 followed, and the latest update in Nacon’s financial report suggests a release “in the first half of FY 2023-24.”
The second known project is said to be The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria, which is set in the fourth age of Middle-earth. It follows the dwarves as they embark on a voyage to reclaim their legendary land of Moria. It is quoted to be a survival-crafting game that will also feature co-op elements of up to 8 dwarves.
Free Range Games and the publisher North Beach Games’ co-op survival entry is slated for a release sometime this year.
Other two games include EA’s mobile entry, The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth. Moreover, a project birthed out of a collab between Private Division and Weta Workshop’s unnamed Middle-earth title is also in development; it is shrouded by mystery since not many official details have been revealed yet.
Additionally, specifics for the fifth project have not yet been officially revealed. Regardless, we can expect an announcement in the coming months, noting the short period pointed out in the financial presentation. The parent company Embracer Group will earn royalties from all of the aforesaid game sales.
All in all, we can expect a plethora of Lord of the Rings games to arrive in the next few months. It is unclear whether one of these games will reach the scope of Hogwarts Legacy, but they may still prove popular.
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