Lord of the Rings: Studio Behind Film Effects Makes New Game
THE Weta Workshopstudio responsible for the visual effects that consecrated the saga Lord of the Rings in theaters, now bets on creating a complete game within the universe. The title will be produced by Private Divisionone of the many subsidiaries of Take-Two Interactive.
It’s been a while since Warner Bros. lost the only official license to work with adaptations of JRR Tolkien’s works, and Middle-Earth Enterprises has licensed the name to several different creators. Weta Workshop has gained “the widest possible creative license” to create its game in the Lord of the Rings universe.
We’re thrilled to announce that we have partnered with @WetaWorkshop to publish a new game set in the literary Middle-earth universe of JRR Tolkien. We look forward to sharing more about the project in the future! pic.twitter.com/z9HxvXe7Da
— Private Division (@PrivateDivision) August 15, 2022
“The Lord of the Rings IP is home to so many memorable stories, and no entity is better equipped than the team at Weta Workshop to create a distinct new Middle-Earth gaming experience.” – declared Michael Worosz of Private Division.
The folks at Weta Workshop also commented on the game and the partnership: “Fans ourselves, we’re excited for players to explore Middle-earth in a way they’ve never done before, and introduce new fans to the magic of Lord of the Rings.” – declared Amie Wolken, head of Weta.
Wolken’s speech suggests that the game will bring some original adventure, which can introduce new people to Tolkien’s universe. The game, however, has not yet had its title announced, much less a release date. It’s only expected to arrive in fiscal 2024 for Take-Two – that is, between April 2023 and March 2024.