Possession of the Lord of the Rings collection has one way or the other been within the information twice this week. Firstly and most prominently as a result of the rights to the collection are going up on the market for the primary time because the Nineteen Seventies. Secondly, and extra bizarrely, as a result of this week of all weeks a outstanding Lord of the Rings mod was hit with a copyright discover.
The larger information first: the Saul Zantz firm has owned many of the rights to Tolkien’s works because the Nineteen Seventies, and virtually every little thing that has been made primarily based on the books since within the fields of “movie, video video games, merchandising, dwell occasions and theme parks” has needed to be negotiated and paid for accordingly. Selection reported this week although that the corporate is shifting to promote these rights, for a sum that’s anticipated to be across the $2 billion mark (with Amazon anticipated to be entrance of the road to make the acquisition, which looks as if an absolute worst-case state of affairs).
So it’s bizarre, then, that given the timing of that sale, Warner Bros.—who at the moment licenses the rights to Lord of the Rings video video games—have chosen February 2022 of all occasions to go after a outstanding and highly-anticipated mod for the Whole Struggle collection known as Rise of Mordor.
This mod has been round for years—we wrote about it in 2018!—and has quietly gone about its enterprise with the belief that, like its common predecessor Third Age, no person actually cared. Solely now anyone clearly does, as a result of Rise of Mordor’s Mod DB web page has been hit with a takedown discover (Third Age’s, nonetheless, stays).
Whereas the undertaking’s Nexus Mods web page remains to be up and operating, the workforce have determined to make some modifications regardless, and as Gamewatcher report just lately polled followers for enter on a reputation change. Perhaps this was a case of Warner tidying up unfastened ends earlier than handing over the licenses, who is aware of, however equally unsure is what occurs to tasks like this when the rights truly change palms.