If you haven’t picked up any of the LEGO Lord of the Rings games recently, you’ll be in for a sad surprise. Both games (LEGO Lord of the Rings and LEGO The Hobbit) have been delisted from all online stores.
Departed to the Undying Lands.
The nonexistence of the LEGO Lord of the Rings games was first noticed by Reddit user SuperMoonkey. From what’s been gathered, the games were delisted sometime around the turn of the new year. While the store pages for the games exist, it’s not possible to buy them. Because of the timing, many people assume that the delisting is because of licensing issues. LEGO Lord of the Rings was the first LEGO game to use voice lines and musical score from the movies, which were likely licensed to the games.
When asked for comment by various sites, a WB spokesperson confirmed the removal, but did not say why they were delisted or when we can expect them back. They said:
Lego: The Lord of the Rings and Lego: The Hobbit will no longer be available for sale in digital stores. The games will remain in players’ libraries if they already own them.
Various games have faced removal due to licensing issues. Activision’s Spider-man games faced this problem, and Alan Wake was delisted due to its soundtrack. Alan Wake did manage to get back onto storefronts, so there’s still hope for Lego Frodo and the gang.