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Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game is a cozy life sim heading to Switch holiday season of 2024. Yesterday brought us a new look at the game thanks to a fresh trailer, and today we get some more insight from the dev team.

GameReactor had the chance to talk with game designer Catherine Booth about the title, and they discussed just where in the timeline this title takes place. LotR fans love their lore and history, and finding out where Tales of the Shire takes place definitely matters. Thankfully, Booth had an answer that should satisfy diehards.

…so Tales of the Shire is set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, so that gave us a bit of freedom to create a story that was our own and also bring in, like, just jam-pack as much lore as we can into it. So, all of the characters that you run into, we’ve drawn them directly out of all of the appendices and different resources that we have. We have a really cool writer, Darren Ormandy, he’s our Tolkien scholar. Yeah, he’s the boss, so we get everything put through him and we’ve worked really closely with Middle-earth Enterprises as well to make sure that everything fits into the lore perfectly.

[Game designer Catherine Booth]

Welcome Home, Hobbit! In this cozy life sim, create your very own Hobbit and experience the idyllic life Tolkien envisioned in his books. Cultivate your own garden, reel in a big catch and forage for ingredients to cook up delicious meals for the residents of Bywater. Build relationships by solving the problems of your fellow furry-footed townsfolk. Express your individuality through various clothing options and meticulously outfit your home with furniture, decorations and more. Friendly Hobbits and familiar faces await your arrival when Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game launches on Nintendo Switch this holiday.

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