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Private Division has announced that it has partnered with Wētā Workshop to develop a new game set in the Middle-earth universe of J.R.R. Tolkien. Wētā Workshop is best known for its work on Peter Jackon’s live-action Lord of the Rings films, but this project will seemingly be set outside of those features, with Middle-earth Enterprises having “licensed the literary works of the series, providing Wētā Workshop with the broadest creative license to interpret the underlying lore of the books,” as noted in a press release shared by Private Division. The game is in early development but is expected to launch during Take-Two’s Fiscal Year 2024.

“We are thrilled to partner with Wētā Workshop to publish a game set in such an extraordinary and celebrated universe,” said Michael Worosz, Chief Strategy Officer, 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.”

“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,” said Amie Wolken, Head of Interactive at Wētā Workshop. “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.”

Renowned New Zealand company developing a new game set in the Middle-earth universe of J.R.R. Tolkien

Private Division, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), today announced they have signed a new publishing agreement with Wētā Workshop, best known for their work on Middle-earth for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. In 2014 Wētā Workshop founded an interactive game division and are now developing a new game set in the Middle-earth universe of J.R.R. Tolkien. Middle-earth Enterprises have licensed the literary works of the series, providing Wētā Workshop with the broadest creative license to interpret the underlying lore of the books.

This title is in early development and does not yet have an announced release date. It is expected to launch during Take-Two’s Fiscal Year 2024. Private Division and Wētā Workshop look forward to sharing more details about this game in the future.

Source: Private Division

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