Final summer season, Embracer Group shocked the leisure world by saying that they’d acquired the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Center Earth properties, together with The Lord of the Rings. Following on the heels of stories that Amazon had spent actually billions of {dollars} on a ten-year plan for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy, it was straightforward for followers to imagine that Embracer had spent equally on buying the precise IP rights that will permit the subsequent iteration of that show to exist — however a brand new report suggests that is not the case in any respect, and that the truth is, Embracer Group paid lower than $400 million for the bundled rights to make Lord of the Rings motion pictures, TV exhibits, video video games, and the like.

In August 2022, information broke that Embracer Group had acquired the rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit from The Saul Zaentz Firm, the rights holders for the franchise since 1976. This makes this deal somewhat historic given the corporate has been liable for all the official variations of the sequence and so they’re now handing it off to Embracer Group.

To place into perspective simply what a cut price it was, Selection — who reviews the worth tag as $395 million — estimates that the market worth of the rights on the time of the sale was roughly $2 billion, if you happen to use mega-deals like Disney’s Marvel and Lucasfilm purchases as factors of comparability.

“I’m actually excited to have The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, one of many world’s most epic fantasy franchises be part of the Embracer household, opening up extra transmedia alternatives together with synergies throughout our international group,” stated Lars Wingefors, Founder and Group CEO Embracer Group, on the time. “I’m thrilled to see what lies sooner or later for this IP with Freemode and Asmodee as a begin throughout the group. Going ahead, we additionally sit up for collaborating with each present and new exterior licensees of our more and more stronger IP portfolio.”

Within the 12 months since, one of many first issues Embracer did was to announce a brand new MMO based mostly on The Lord of the Rings, being developed in cooperation with Amazon.

“The world of Center-earth continues to show an endlessly fertile floor for creators, and Amazon Video games has a ardour for constructing immersive, compelling worlds and publishing video games for a worldwide viewers”, stated Embracer’s CEO of Freemode Lee Guinchard of the deal. “We’ve got the clear ambition to create the highest-quality leisure merchandise for this IP, whether or not we make the most of inside sources or crew up with one of the best trade companions that complement our capabilities. We’re taking each care to ship an MMO which can do justice to the expansive Center-earth universe and delight gamers around the globe.”

Embracer Group additionally lately acquired a bunch of Sq. Enix’s western groups, comparable to Crystal Dynamics, in addition to Darkish Horse Media, the homeowners of Darkish Horse Comics, publishers of Hellboy, The Umbrella Academy, and The Masks.