The Lord of The Rings Franchise is quite popular and has a huge fandom, yet it has not found too much success in the gaming industry. The recently released Lord of the Rings: Gollum was anticipated by many fans of the franchise, but it was not well received and became the lowest-rated game of 2023.
Despite being in development for five years, the game was extremely bad and received criticism for various aspects. Following the disappointment, it was discovered that Deadalic Entertainment had already begun work on a new game in the franchise.
However, Daedalic Entertainment’s next Lord of The Rings game has now been canceled.
Why it matters: Fans were disappointed to learn that Daedalic Entertainment was developing another Lord of The Rings game, but many hoped the studio would improve with the next entry.
In a statement to GamesWirtschaft, it was said that this decision marks a difficult turning point but a new beginning in the long history of Deadlic Entertainment.
The developer also confirmed that many employees would be affected by the recent layoffs after this decision. However, the studio will not aband former employees and said:
“We will support our former employees in finding new opportunities within our network.”
The developer had been working on a new Lord of the Rings game for a full year, but development has been completely abandoned. Additionally, the entire development department of the company has been shut down.
Daedalic Entertainment will now focus on publishing games, with development being handed over to external developers. As such, the previously announced Surviving Deponia is continuing development.
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