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Welcome Home, Hobbit! Private Division and Weta Workshop Announce Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game
[April 22, 2024]

Welcome Home, Hobbit! Private Division and Weta Workshop Announce Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game


Private Division, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), and Weta Workshop, known for their work on the world of Middle-earth for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, today revealed Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game, a cosy Hobbit life sim set in the Middle-earth universe of J.R.R. Tolkien. Developed by Weta Workshop Game Studio, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, Tales of the Shire will launch in the second half of 2024 on the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam.

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Private Division, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), and Weta Workshop, known for their work on the world of Middle-earth for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, today revealed Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game, a cosy Hobbit life sim set in the Middle-earth universe of J.R.R. Tolkien. Developed by Weta Workshop Game Studio, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, Tales of the Shire will launch in the second half of 2024 on the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Private Division, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), and Weta Workshop, known for their work on the world of Middle-earth for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, today revealed Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game, a cosy Hobbit life sim set in the Middle-earth universe of J.R.R. Tolkien. Developed by Weta Workshop Game Studio, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, Tales of the Shire will launch in the second half of 2024 on the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. (Graphic: Business Wire)

In Tales of the Shire, experience the storybook return to Middle-earth's most inviting region by living life as a Hobbit in the idyllic town of Bywater. Unwind in the breathtaking pastures, visit the townsfolks' local shops, or even enjoy second breakfast. Help bring the community together and achieve official village status by throwing the greatest Bywater Festival the Shire has ever seen!

"We're excited to provide players with the opportunity to fulfil their fantasy of living their own humble Hobbit life in the Shire," said Kelly Tyson, Head of Product at Weta Workshop. "Tales of the Shire brings a cosy new dimension to the way fans can experience Middle-earth, with plenty of wholesome, Hobbit-centric gameplay to win-over newcomers to the genre."

Create and personalise a Hobbit with an array of customisations to experience the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved Middle-earth universe your own way. Settle in and decorate a cosy Hobbit home, choosing from an array of furniture and home d├ęcor to create your unique, humble abode. Then head outdoors to Bywater for plenty of cooking, fishing, foraging, gardening, and more relaxing activities in the Shire. Toss your lure to catch trout from the glistening waters of Bywater Pool, gather wild mushrooms, and then use the collected ingredients to bake a succulent pie to serve for luncheon. With a full belly, stroll back outside to explore the Shire and build relationships with the Bywater locals by helping them to build a garden, sharing one of the many daily Hobbit meals, and more.

"The team at Weta Workshop is creating a brilliant representation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved works that gives players the agency to create their own Hobbit experience in Middle-earth," said Michael Worosz, Chief Strategy Officer, Take-Two Interactive, and Head of Private Division. "Players have been clamoring for a warm and inviting The Lord of the Rings game for years now, and it's exactly what we're delivering with Tales of the Shire."

Middle-earth Enterprises have licensed the literary works of The Lord of the Rings series, providing Weta Workshop Game Studio with the broadest creative license to interpret the underlying lore of the books.

Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game is coming later this year to the Nintendo Switch system, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. Tales of the Shire is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information, follow us on X, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and visit www.talesoftheshire.com.



Private Division is a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).

About Middle-earth Enterprises


Middle-earth created by J.R.R. Tolkien is the definitive, deepest, richest and most beloved fantasy world of our time. As its stewards and custodians, our goal is to consistently deliver a wealth of great content in both new, and known formats; to ensure Middle-earth's rightful place as the world's leading fantasy IP and brand, forever. Inspired by our deep appreciation for the fictional world created by Professor Tolkien, we are dedicated to working with those providing highest quality products in accordance with best green business and sustainability practices, including fair trade, equality in the workplace, and a commitment to protect our earth, its wondrous beauty and the viability of every living creature. Middle-earth Enterprises was acquired by the Embracer Group in 2022, and has been producing and licensing films, merchandise, electronic games, services, and live stage productions based upon The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books, for more than four decades. Visit our website at www.middleearth.com.

About Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop brings imaginary worlds to life by delivering concept design, physical effects, collectibles, immersive visitor experiences and games to the world's entertainment and creative industries.

Established by Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger in 1987, we are best known for our screen work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar, and Dune, our immersive visitor experiences, Gallipoli: The Scale of our War, Expo 2020 Dubai's Mobility Pavilion and Weta Workshop Unleashed. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Weta Workshop's ground-breaking work has earned us multiple international awards. Weta Workshop Game Studio was established in 2014 and is led by an experienced team of creative game developers and film veterans who bring Weta Workshop's signature storytelling, technical innovation and artistry to our games studio.

www.wetaworkshop.co.nz

About Private Division

Private Division is a developer-focused publisher that partners with the finest creative talent in the video game industry, empowering studios to develop the games that they are passionate about creating, while providing the support that they need to make their titles critically and commercially successful on a global scale. The Label publishes the Kerbal Space Program franchise, No Rest for the Wicked from Moon Studios, Tales of the Shire from Weta Workshop, The Outer Worlds from Obsidian Entertainment, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey from Panache Digital Games, OlliOlli World and Rollerdrome from Roll7, Penny's Big Breakaway from Evening Star, and more. Private Division has future unannounced projects in development with Bloober Team, Game Freak, and other esteemed independent developers. The Label publishes the physical retail edition of Hades from Supergiant Games on PlayStation®, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. Private Division continues to build its internal studio capacity, with Roll7 and Intercept Games as internal developers for the Label. Private Division is headquartered in New York City with offices in Seattle and Munich. For more information, please visit www.privatedivision.com.

About Take-Two Interactive Software

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher, and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. We develop and publish products principally through Rockstar Games, 2K, Private Division, and Zynga. Our products are designed for console gaming systems, PC, and mobile, including smartphones and tablets. We deliver our products through physical retail, digital download, online platforms, and cloud streaming services. The Company's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at http://www.take2games.com.

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