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Private Division and Weta Workshop announce Tales of the Shire for Consoles, PC


Get Ready for the Adventures in The Lord of the Rings: Tales of the Shire

In an exciting announcement, publisher Private Division and developer Weta Workshop have revealed "Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game," set to launch in 2024 for consoles and PC. While the specific consoles have yet to be disclosed, this news marks the realization of a long-standing dream for fans of The Lord of the Rings.

The collaboration between these two companies was first unveiled in August 2022 when they hinted at their work on a new game within J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth universe. Now, "Tales of the Shire" promises to be a unique addition to this beloved world.

Described as a "cozy The Lord of the Rings game set in the Middle-earth universe," this project aims to fulfill the wishes of fans who have yearned for a game where they can experience the simple, comforting life of a hobbit.

Details About Tales of the Shire

While details about the game are still scarce, the teaser suggests a focus on coziness and hobbit-related adventures. To better understand what to expect, we can look back to the Weta Workshop and Private Division partnership, which was established a year ago. At that time, they announced their intention to develop a game set in the Middle-Earth universe.

Notably, they clarified that they had acquired the license to the literary works of the series, granting Weta Workshop extensive creative freedom to interpret the lore from the books. This assurance should ease concerns about adherence to the established lore.

Moreover, the collaboration was described as being "so different from what fans have played previously." This indicates that "Tales of the Shire" is likely to offer a fresh and distinctive gaming experience within the realm of hobbits and Middle-earth, making it an eagerly anticipated addition to The Lord of the Rings gaming universe.

About Weta Workshop

For those not familiar with Weta Workshop, it's important to note that this is no newcomer to the entertainment industry. Weta Workshop is a well-established special effects company based in New Zealand. Among its impressive portfolio, it notably contributed to the creation of props and set pieces for Peter Jackson's iconic The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series.

Over the years, it has continued to be involved in numerous high-profile projects, including recent works like Avatar: The Way of the Water, M3gan, and even the intriguingly titled Cocaine Bear. While you might not be aware, Weta Workshop ventured into the realm of video games back in 2014, establishing a dedicated division.

Up to this point, their focus has largely been on virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) projects. However, the exciting news is that "Tales of the Shire" marks a departure from their previous ventures. This upcoming game is set to be a more traditional gaming experience and will be available on both console and PC platforms when it launches in 2024.

Despite our collective excitement, there's a bit of a waiting game involved here. Further details about "Tales of the Shire" won't be revealed until next year. So, fans and hobbit enthusiasts alike will need to exercise a tad more patience before they can fully immerse themselves in the world of hobbit dreams brought to life by Wētā Workshop. [no_toc]


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