Private Division to publish new Middle-earth game by Weta Workshop

Sean Carey - August 15th 2022

Take-Two publisher Private Division has announced it is working with developer Weta Workshop to publish a new game set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth universe.

According to an announcement on Private Division's website, Middle-earth Enterprises has "licensed the literary works of the series, providing Weta Workshop with the broadest creative license to interpret the underlying lore of the books."

Take-Two's Private Division publishing new Middle-earth game

Currently, the new game is in early development, and it does not have a release date, though Take-Two is expecting it to launch during the company's 2024 fiscal year.

"We are thrilled to partner with Weta Workshop to publish a game set in such an extraordinary and celebrated universe," said Michael Worosz, chief strategy officer of Take-Two Interactive and head of Private Division. "The Lord of the Rings IP is home to so many remarkable stories, and no entity is better equipped than the team at Wētā Workshop to create a distinctive, new Middle-earth gaming experience."

While nothing has been said about what the game might be, Amie Wolken, head of interactive at Weta Workshop, did tease that this new Middle-earth game will be different to what fans have previously experienced. "It's a privilege to create a new game set in Middle-earth, especially one that's so different from what fans have played previously," Wolken said. "As fans ourselves, we're excited for gamers to explore Middle-earth in a way they never have before and introduce new fans to the magic of The Lord of the Rings."

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