Wait, there are 5 Lord of the Rings games due in the next 2 years?

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
(Image credit: Daedalic Entertainment)

In August 2022, Embracer Group added Middle-earth Enterprises to its ever-growing lineup of studios and properties. And it's not wasting any time doing something with it: Embracer revealed in its Q3 2022 financial report that it now has no less than five LotR games in development.

"There are currently five games in production by external partners, to be released in financial year 2023/24," the report states. "There is also one film in production by an external partner."

Embracer's 2023/24 fiscal year runs from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024, meaning that, if the schedule holds, all five games will be out within little more than a year.

The report doesn't give any indication of titles or platforms, but it's possible that we know of at least three of the games in development already. Gollum and Return to Moria have been on our radar for a while, and the third potential project is The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth, a mobile game being developed by Electronic Arts.

None of these games are being developed or published by an Embracer company—Gollum is Daedalic and Nacon, while Return to Moria is being developed by Free Range Games and published by North Beach Games—but as the unofficial fan account EmbracerInvestor noted, the likelihood is that all of these games were licensed out by Middle-earth Enterprises prior to its acquisition by Embracer. Generally, those pre-existing deals hold up even after an acquisition: That's why, for instance, 2K Games is publishing Gearbox's new Tales From the Borderlands game, even though Gearbox is now owned by Embracer.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum doesn't currently have a release date: It was supposed to be out last fall but a July 2022 delay pushed it into 2023, and at last check it was expected to be out sometime during the first half of Nacon's 2023-24 fiscal year, putting it between April 1 and September 30. Return to Moria is possibly a little closer, as it's slated to arrive sometime this spring.

I've reached out to Embracer for more information on its Lord of the Rings plans and will update if I receive a reply.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.