Warframe Publisher Athlon Games has signed a deal to publish a new Middle-earth game. Details are scarce, but we do know that it will be online-focused, and set a long time before the events of the Lord of the Rings books and movies.
The news comes via a press release announcing the new project, which gives a few details about what it will be. The new game is described as an "online game set in the world of Middle-earth."
The studio emphasises multiple times that the game will not involve any of the events portrayed in The Lord of the Rings, saying that it will be set in the world of Middle-earth, a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings. Other than that, we don’t know much, as a title, release window and any concept art are absent from the announcement.
Athlon Games will be publishing the project, having previously worked on Warframe and Gears of War 4. We’ll have to wait and see what the project turns out to be, though given that Athlon is self-described as having “expertise with free-to-play game design and service” it’s a safe bet that it’ll be something with free to play leanings and a games as a service model, for PC and consoles.