On Monday, Free League Publishing announced they had entered into agreement with Sophisticated Games to produce roleplaying games based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Previously released through our friends at Cubicle 7 Entertainment, The One Ring will receive a second edition from Free League by way of the agreement. Mechanically the core game mechanics will remain the same for the RPG and not incorporate Free League’s Year One Engine, in case you were wondering if the original game system will see major changes. More details about upcoming releases are on the horizon.
From Free League:
Free League Publishing announced a partnership with Sophisticated Games to publish tabletop roleplaying games set in Middle-earth and based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien. Francesco Nepitello, author of the game series alongside Marco Maggi, will continue as its lead designer.
“We are thrilled to be working with Sophisticated Games and Francesco Nepitello to bring to life a new edition of The One Ring and its 5E iteration. We grew up with J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic works and we’re huge fans of the original version of the game. We have a very similar approach to game design as Francesco and we’re convinced that we can create something truly special together,” Free League’s CEO Tomas Härenstam says.
“Free League shares all our values. Values which are vital in interpreting the most extraordinary fantasy world ever created, one that is of enduring interest throughout the world in every language. Working with Free League’s highly talented team we look forward to continuing the work we began a decade ago, with publication of The One Ring,” says Sophisticated Games’s MD Robert Hyde.
The agreement will go into effect from June 1, 2020. Products and release dates will be announced at a later time.