Embracer Group, the company that now owns the rights to The Lord of the Rings video games by way of its purchase of Middle-earth Enterprises, has confirmed that a total of five Lord of the Rings video games will be released in the next two years.
As part of Embracer’s latest earnings briefing, the company said there are five titles in production with third-party partners that will be released in next 24 months. The company did not name these titles outright, but they presumably include The Lord of the Rings: Gollum from Daedalic, The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria from Free Range Games, EA’s mobile game The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth, and Weta’s new title with GTA company Take-Two.
These are the four Lord of the Rings video games in development that we know about. A fifth could be the rumored console port of The Lord of the Rings: Online. Or it could be a a different title that hasn’t been announced yet. Embracer’s post also stated only that these are new LOTR games in development from third-party developers. Whether or not Embracer has any new LOTR games in development from its network of internal studios is unknown. In any event, it’s a good time to be a fan of The Lord of the Rings and video games.
The first of the group to launch may be LOTR: Gollum, which has been delayed numerous times already, and is now scheduled to launch in April 2023 at the soonest.
A new animated movie, The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, is also in the works and is set for release in 2024. Brian Cox and Mirando Otto lead the voice cast for that film.
Embracer shocked many in August 2022 when it announced it purchased Middle-earth Enterprises. Embracer has big plans, it seems, as the company said it is exploring the possibility of additional films focused around Aragorn, Arwen, Gandalf, and other popular characters.
2023 marks the 20th anniversary of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, which won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture.