Season 2 of The Rings of Power isn’t the only new LOTR installment to look forward to. Fans of The Lord of the Rings also have new games, movies, and even a Magic: The Gathering crossover to get excited about. Though, there have also been some sad developments…

Developer of LOTR: Gollum Closes

Lord of the Rings: Gollum cover

Hey, be nice; just because they screwed the pooch with Lord of the Rings: Gollum doesn’t mean this studio deserves to burn in the fires of Mount Unemployment.

Yes, after the disastrous launch and flop of LOTR: Gollum, Daedalic Entertainment is closing the doors of the studio that made the game, and leaving behind the development industry as it focuses entirely on its publishing operations. The company has said it will “support our former employees in finding new opportunities within our network.”

This also means that another Lord of the Rings game that that studio was developing has been canceled. Details about this second game are unknown. Like Gollum, it would tell “a story from a character’s perspective that has never been told before.” It was codenamed It’s Magic, and would supposedly “transport the player into a lush world full of mythical creatures and magic.” Perhaps at a later date, fans will still get to see that project from another developer.

3 Upcoming Lord of the Rings Games

Not to fear, though; there are many other upcoming games set in the LOTR universe.

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria

Coming in Fall 2023, Return to Moria has been described by the developer as essentially a survival crafting game set in the LOTR universe:

“Summoned to the Misty Mountains by Lord Gimli Lockbearer, players take control of a company of Dwarves tasked to reclaim the lost spoils from the Dwarven homeland of Moria. … Their quest will require fortitude, delving deep into the Mines of Moria to recover its treasures. Players will join forces to survive, craft, build and explore the iconic, sprawling mines. Courageous expeditioners will need to be vigilant as mysterious dangers await.”

Untitled MMO from Amazon

Lord of the Rings Amazon MMO announcement

In addition to The Rings of Power, Amazon is now dipping its feet into LOTR games. Amazon Games, developer of the popular MMO New World, is making “an open-world MMO adventure in a persistent world set in Middle-earth”. According to Amazon, the story of The Rings of Power is unrelated to this game. There’s currently no information on when the game will be released.

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Untitled Game from Wētā Workshop

LOTR game by Private Division and Weta Workshop

Wētā Workshop handled the visual effects work on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. And that’s about all we currently know about this game.

According to a Wētā spokesperson, this LOTR game will be “[very] different from what fans have played previously.” And reportedly, the owner of the IP is “providing Wētā Workshop with the broadest creative license to interpret the underlying lore of the books.”

The game’s publisher is aiming to release the game sometime between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024. Given how recently development began, that would be an impressively quick launch for what’s being billed as a very impressive game.

The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth

Magic: The Gathering "The One Ring" card

Over its 30 years, Magic: The Gathering has seen several crossovers with other IPs — all of them since 2020. This latest one, released on June 23, is stirring up some dislike — for instance, some fans are unhappy that, like The Rings of Power, it has attempted to (marginally) reduce the Whiteness of Middle-earth with a Black Aragorn, seen holding Andúril below.

Magic: The Gathering LOTR card: Anduril w/ Aragorn

Beyond the pretty magnificent artwork, there’s also a new mechanic: “the Ring tempts you.” Creatures that you turn into Ringbearers gain additional abilities — although, as one critic put it, it’s “more like Boromir’s perspective on the Ring than Tolkien’s.” There aren’t any negative effects; apparently because, according to head Magic designer Mark Rosewater, including them “made people not play the mechanic.”

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The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, and More

LOTR: The War of the Rohirrim concept art

Set 183 years before the events of the original LOTR trilogy, the anime movie The War of the Rohirrim tells the story of how Helm’s Deep, the fortress centerpiece of the major battle in The Two Towers, got its name.

“A sudden attack by Wulf, a clever and ruthless Dunlending lord seeking vengeance for the death of his father, forces Helm and his people to make a daring last stand in the ancient stronghold of the Hornburg—a mighty fortress that will later come to be known as Helm’s Deep.”

The movie has many A-list actors in its voice cast, and will be released in theaters on April 12, 2024.

Future LOTR Movies

Peter Jackson on LOTR trilogy set with Hugo Weaving and Ian McKellan

But perhaps the most exciting news for fans of the franchise is that the movie is also bringing back one of the producers of the original trilogy, Philippa Boyens, as an executive producer. This dovetails with recent news that Peter Jackson — along with his partners on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, Boyens and Fran Walsh — is in discussions with Warner Bros. about working on its new movies set in Tolkien’s universe. The three of them are not involved with Amazon’s The Rings of Power series.

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This division between Warner Bros. and Amazon of who can produce what in Tolkien’s universe is only going to get more important for fans — because “Warner Bros. hopes to turn LOTR into a Star Wars-like franchise.” A Lord of the Rings cinematic universe would likely benefit from having the original creator trio involved and from (hopefully) learning from the mistakes of the MCU, DC, and Star Wars.

But it seems likely that, much like Marvel and Sony with Spider-Man, Warner Bros. and Amazon will eventually get caught in an IP custody battle shaped vaguely like their most popular characters and storylines.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 2

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 2

And last, but not least, The Rings of Power season 2 is still a ways away. It likely won’t be released until 2024. Five seasons in total are planned for “the most expensive TV show ever made”; characters like Galadriel, the legendary dwarf Durin, and Sauron help fans contextualize this series, set thousands of years before the original LOTR trilogy.

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