Tales of the Shire

Cozy Hobbit Game Tales of the Shire Announced

Private Division and Wētā Workshop are working on Tales of the Shire, a cozy game set in the Shire in Middle-earth. It certainly is a step away from this year’s Lord of the Rings: Gollum.

The reveals comes as this year’s Hobbit Day begins in New Zealand. Beyond the initial announcement, we don’t know what to expect, but if it’s what we’re being promised, we can plan birthday parties, attend picnics, and eat second dinner whenever we want.

Last year, Private Division revealed it had begun a working relationship with Wētā Workshop. In 2014, Wētā Workshop established a game division and has since been working on a video game set in Middle-earth after licensing the work of J.R.R. Tolkien to interpret the lore of the books. While Embracer Group owns the rights to Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit via Middle-earth Enterprises, there’s nothing to fear as they have “licensed the literary works of the series, providing Wētā Workshop with the broadest creative license to interpret the underlying lore of the books.”

It seems like the sky’s the limit on what sort of stories we can expect from the collaboration. Tales of the Shire is coming to consoles and PCs in 2024.