Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game Announced

Private Division and Wētā Workshop announce Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game a Hobbit life-sim set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. This is expected to arrive later this year for PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch. To help keep up with this its official website and Steam Listing are live. Here's the Official Announcement Trailer reveling in the game's lack of stakes, and here's more:
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!

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 décor 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.
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Re: Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game Announced
Apr 24, 2024, 14:56
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Jim wrote on Apr 23, 2024, 00:28:
Gollum, but with base building.... LOL
Hot take here. But did anyone besides me find the badness of 'Gollum" greatly exaggerated? I mean it was not a very good game. I would not recommend it to most gamers, but worst of the year? Nah. It felt slightly below average to me. It did have a ton of technical issues too, so definitely don't run to buy it.
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Apr 23, 2024, 23:31
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Kxmode wrote on Apr 22, 2024, 21:24:
Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole....

What a different world Tolkein lived in from the one we're in now.
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Apr 23, 2024, 17:50
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GinRummy wrote on Apr 23, 2024, 11:57:
Sure, It's all fun times, food and beer... Until the Nazgul show up!
Nobody expects the Nazgûl Expedition.
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Apr 23, 2024, 16:06
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YES MILK THE IP FOR EVERYTHING!!!
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Apr 23, 2024, 13:02
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Can someone please keep Gollum away from our fried onion rings? FRODO - STOP THROWING THEM INTO THE HEARTH FIRE! What the hell is wrong with you, Baggins?!
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Sure, It's all fun times, food and beer... Until the Nazgul show up!
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Apr 23, 2024, 11:42
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Single-player? I'm surprised this isn't a phone game like "Cats & Soup". I don't see the point, but I also suspect I am as far from their target audience as it gets.
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Apr 23, 2024, 10:52
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Apr 23, 2024, 10:52
 El Pit
 
The Hobbit: Pipe-Weed Dreams - Part 1: Farming and Smoking
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Apr 23, 2024, 08:18
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Looks terrible.

Some of these companies should just hire a legal team to get Battle for Middle Earth 1 and 2 out of licensing hell, and put them on GoG/Steam, and rake in the cash.
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Apr 23, 2024, 08:17
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If this was Stardew Valley level of quality it would be so cool. But we know it'll be Gollum+.

Here's to hoping Saruman shows up again of each game to "scoure" the place.

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So, imagine the Shire, but Gandalf never turns up to start the story. That’s… that’s… … why?


Character animation looks half finished too.
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Apr 23, 2024, 03:28
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Gollum applied for a job in construction. He heard there was a lot of "precious" metal to work with! 😁
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I'm expecting at least "Gollum" levels of quality from this title.
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Im interested for sure. Hope this ends up being good. Wishlisted it.
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Gollum, but with base building.... LOL
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My Time At The Shire
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Jivaro wrote on Apr 22, 2024, 21:42:
Acknowledging that I am not the target audience.....but this looks bad.
If you're into those types of games and you like Tolkien I'm sure those gamers are stoked for it. Different strokes for different folks.
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Acknowledging that I am not the target audience.....but this looks bad.
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In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle. The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel: a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with paneled walls, and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats – the hobbit was fond of visitors. The tunnel wound on and on, going fairly but not quite straight into the side of the hill – The Hill, as all the people for many miles round called it – and many little round doors opened out of it, first on one side and then on another.

No going upstairs for the hobbit: bedrooms, bathrooms, cellars, pantries (lots of these), wardrobes (he had whole rooms devoted to clothes), kitchens, dining-rooms, all were on the same floor, and indeed on the same passage. The best rooms were all on the left-hand side (going in), for these were the only ones to have windows, deep-set round windows looking over his garden, and meadows beyond, sloping down to the river.

This hobbit was a very well-to-do hobbit, and his name was Baggins. The Bagginses have lived in the neighbourhood of The Hill for time out of mind, and people considered them very respectable, not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected: you could tell what a Baggins would say on any question without the bother of asking him. This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected. He may have lost the neighbours’ respect, but he gained – well, you will see whether he gained anything in the end. 😊


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