Private Division, a subsidiary label of Take-Two Interactive, is teaming up with Weta Workshop to develop a new Middle-earth game. Private Division made the announcement on social media confirming its partnership with Weta Workshop, the special effects company synonymous with all Middle-earth movies and shows like The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Prime Video’s upcoming The Rings of Power.
“We’re thrilled to announce that we have partnered with Weta Workshop to publish a new game set in the literary Middle-earth universe of J.R.R. Tolkien,” said Private Division in a recent tweet. The game is currently in early development but is set to release in Take-Two’s fiscal year of 2024.
Weta Workshop originally rose to prominence after creating the special effects and props for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies as well as the 2005 King Kong reboot. The company is also involved in Amazon Prime’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which will document the events of the Second Age that led up to the Third Age of Middle-earth.
“Middle-earth Enterprises have licensed the literary works of the series, providing Weta Workshop with the broadest creative license to interpret the underlying lore of the books,” Private Division added. It’s unknown what the game will be about but it will draw from Tolkien’s rich and developed history of Middle-earth.
Private Division mainly specialises in publishing indie games, but also published larger projects like Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds, OlliOlli World an the upcoming Rollerdrome.
The Middle-earth license has been used frequently in the past for video games, including Warner Bros. Games’ popular titles Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War. Additionally, a new mobile game based on The Lord of the Rings is currently in development at EA Games.
Source: Private Division