Athlon Games, Middle-earth Enterprises Team Up for New Lord of the Rings Game

Athlon Games and Middle-earth Enterprises today announced a licensing agreement for a game based on The Lord of the Rings.

The Lord of the Rings remains a timeless classic decades after J.R.R. Tolkien first published the novels, and over a decade since Peter Jackson’s trilogy. Soon, players will be able to explore Middle-earth all over again. Athlon Games today announced a new online game set in the world of Middle-earth. No specific details were given, but Athlon did confirm the game’s events take place before The Lord of the Rings.

“It’s a singular opportunity to work closely with Middle-earth Enterprises to create a completely new experience for fans of the landmark fantasy work of J.R.R. Tolkien, and we are excited about the resurgence of interest in The Lord of the Rings IP,” said Dave Miller, president, Athlon Games. “This, along with several other major properties Athlon is working with, will help us to further our goal of creating AAA cooperative console and PC experiences that gamers will want to play for years to come.”

“We are extremely pleased to work with Athlon Games to create a new, immersive game experience, exploring epic regions in Middle-earth during the years leading to the events of The Lord of the Rings,” said Fredrica Drotos, Chief Brand & Licensing Officer at Middle-earth Enterprises. “Athlon’s game will allow millions of Middle-earth fans throughout the world a unique opportunity for fellowship and epic exploration.”

Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited currently owns the publisher,Athlon Games. Leyou also owns Digital Extremes (Warframe) and Splash Damage. The Lord of the Rings project intends to marry free-to-play game design and service with the strong IP.

We’ll update as more information about the project comes out. The plan is to launch the game on consoles and PC.