New Lord of the Rings Game Is Middle-earth Version of Stardew Valley

A new Lord of the Rings game looks perfect for Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley fans.

A new Lord of the Rings game is coming out this year that look like Stardew Valley, though it appears to be more of a social/life sim than a farming sim so perhaps Animal Crossing is the closer comparison. Whatever the case, it doesn't look like your standard Lord of the Rings game. The game is called Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game, which was actually announced last year. It is slated to release sometime this year, though when exactly has not been divulged. What has been revealed, alongside a debut reveal trailer, is word it will be available via Nintendo Switch, PC, PS5, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X when it releases. 

For those out of the loop, Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game is being published by Private Division, a branch of Take-Two Interactive that primarily focuses on bringing premium indie games to market. We also know it is being developed by Weta Worshop, an outfit better known for its work in the movie industry. 

"From the creative studio, Weta Workshop, live the cosy life of a Hobbit in the wonderfully serene landscape of the Shire," reads an official description of the game. "Discover, decorate, and share in this idyllic corner of Middle-earth. Join friendly Hobbits and familiar faces awaiting your arrival in Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game.

The game's official description continues: "Create your own Hobbit as you set forth in Bywater. Though not yet established as an official village in Hobbiton, play a part in helping the quaint town flourish. Greet comfort at the door as you decorate your own Hobbit hole, tend to your garden, fish at the clear ponds, forage wild fruits and herbs, or trade with townsfolks. Prepare homemade meals to share with fellow Hobbits and foster relationships. With much to see and lots more to eat, enjoy days of splendor in the picturesque forests, lakes, and pastures. Unwind in the place where what matters most are all the little things. Help bring the community together to achieve village status in Bywater. Experience delight in Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game."

As always, feel free to leave a comment or two letting us know what you think or, alternatively, hit me up on Twitter @Tyler_Fischer_ and let me know over there. What do you think of this new, cozy Lord of the Rings game? Will you be checking it out when it releases sometime later this year,