There are five The Lord of the Rings games in production under publisher Embracer, all of which is set to release by early 2024.
Embracer Group, the current holder of the franchise license for video games, confirmed the news in its latest financial report.
“There are currently five games in production by external partners, to be released in the financial year 2023/24,” the report’s business and development passage regarding entertainment services reads. That would see all of the Lord of the Rings games reaching release by April 2024.
Embracer also notes that the publisher’s acquisition of Middle Earth Enterprises “has generated a lot of interest among both internal and external partners for the Lord of the Rings IP, across different media formats.”
There’s little to no information available about the planned games, nor which developers are working on them. The only currently announced title set in Middle Earth is The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, which is being produced by Daedalic Entertainment.
Originally announced back in 2019, the title has been delayed several times, though more gameplay is expected soon. Gollum places the titular ring-craving character as the protagonist in a “story-driven action-adventure” which occurs alongside the events of The Fellowship of the Ring. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is currently expected to release in 2023.
Embracer’s third-quarter financial report boasts a 128% net sales increase from the previous year. The publisher—which covers PC/console, mobile, and tabletop gaming—states that it has 31 AAA titles currently in the pipeline, with 19 of them set “to be launched before March 2026.” Major releases already announced include Dead Island 2, Homeworld 3, Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2 and Payday 3.