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Traveller’s Tales spent $1m making a demo for a non-Lego Hobbit game that never came out

Traveller’s Tales spent $1m making a demo for a non-Lego Hobbit game that never saw the light of day.

In a video from Jon Burton, founder of Lego game developer Traveller’s Tales, footage of various The Lord of the Rings-themed demos reveals the effort the studio put into its bid to make a The Hobbit movie tie-in game over a decade ago.

Burton, as part of his superb GameHut video series, discusses the $1m the studio spent making an Xbox 360 demo in just six months back in 2008. This demo was designed to convince The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, and Guillermo del Toro, who at the time was attached to The Hobbit movie, that Traveller’s Tales was capable of making a non-Lego game based on the upcoming film.

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