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Private Division Announces Publishing Partnership with Wētā Workshop

Private Division, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, has just announced a new publishing agreement with Wētā Workshop, which was a prominent and important cornerstone of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy when shaping Middle-earth.

In 2014, Wētā Workshop established a game division and is now beginning work on a new video game set in Middle-earth after licensing the work of J.R.R. Tolkien with the goal of interpreting the lore of the books.

“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.”

The unnamed title is currently in early development and has no release date attached to the project. Take-Two lists the title to launch within the fiscal year 2024.

“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.”

Currently, fans of J.R.R. Tolkien can expect a few new titles including Lord of the Rings: Gollum, a title moved to next year, and Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria.