One doesn’t merely stroll into creating a brand new Lord of the Rings recreation. However that is precisely what Athlon Video games, the crew behind Warframe and Gears of Struggle four, is doing.
Athlon, the proprietor of Digital Extremes and Splash Harm, has signed a take care of Center-earth Enterprises (the license holders of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy world), to develop a brand new on-line recreation filled with orcs, hobbits and elves.
“It’s a singular alternative to work carefully with Center-earth Enterprises to create a very new expertise for followers of the landmark fantasy work of JRR Tolkien, and we’re excited concerning the resurgence of curiosity in The Lord of the Rings IP,” stated Dave Miller, president, Athlon Video games.
The sport is about to be a prequel to the well-known tales of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, as a substitute happening within the deep historical past of Center-earth, conveniently avoiding any canonical points.
Precisely what kind of recreation it’s going to be, or what platforms it’s going to seem on, stays a thriller. However given Athlon Video games’ pedigree with free-to-play on-line titles like Warframe, it would not be shocking if that is the trail taken right here.
Followers of the Lord of the Rings collection have, surprisingly, had it fairly good in terms of video games that spin off the franchise. Although its sequel Shadow of War proved controversial, Center-earth: Shadow of Mordor was nice enjoyable. The Lord of the Rings On-line, a conventional MMO recreation, remains to be going robust, and quite a few beat-em-ups and technique video games have additionally impressed over time.
Past that, the resurgence of curiosity within the IP will proceed with a brand new Amazon Prime TV show, once more primarily based on the franchise’s unexplored previous.