The studio responsible for the special effects in Lord of the Rings is currently working on a game based on a “major worldwide IP”.
According to job listing In WETA (Thanks gamespot), the gaming division of the New Zealand-based studio is looking for a producer “to work on PC and console game projects with a major worldwide IP.” The currently unannounced project has also been described as “very close to [the studio’s] Hearts,” which has made many people wonder whether it is based on a previous WETA production.
It appears that the project may still be in its early stages of development as the job listing also states that successful applicants will “enter here on the basis of this exciting next phase in the Interactive Team at Wea Workshop!” So maybe don’t expect to hear or see much about it for a while now.
You may have seen WETA’s work in all three of the Lord of the Rings films – as well as The Hobbit film series – where it was responsible for bringing Gollum to life as well as creating much of the visual aspects of the films. The studio has also worked on the likes of King Kong (2005), Avatar (2009), and more recently Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021).
Speaking of Lord of the Rings, we know that a game based on this IP is in the works, not with WETA but with Daedalic Entertainment. Lord of the Rings: Gollum Originally announced in 2019 and scheduled to be released in 2021, however has since delayed to 2022, When Lord of the Rings: Gollum is released, it will be available on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and xbox series x/s.
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