Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

New Lord of the Rings MMORPG Being Developed by Amazon Game Studios

New Lord of the Rings MMORPG Being Developed by Amazon Game Studios

Amazon said today that the game will be developed for consoles and PC, with Amazon Game Studios handling publishing and marketing duties in most of the world while Leyou takes care of the business side of things within China. As yet untitled (and undated), the game, says Amazon, promises players "a new, immersive game experience for epic exploration of the vast world of Tolkien".

Leyou actually announced the Lord of the Rings game previous year, but its partnership with Amazon was not revealed at the time.

Amazon Game Studios has teamed with Leyou Technologies, a Hong Kong-based games company.

If Leyou and Athlon were making a Lord of the Rings MMO prequel, why not get involved and make it a vehicle that could potentially tie into their highly-anticipated new TV show too?

Amazon Game Studios and Leyou will jointly develop the upcoming game for PC and consoles. It was also portrayed as a game set in the World of Middle-earth at a time before the original series.

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While Amazon is now developing a Lord of the Rings television series for Amazon Prime, this new game won't actually overlap with the same time period.

"You won't see human characters from The Lord of the Rings in our game", Dave Miller, president of Athlon Games, told Gamesbeat when the game was originally announced. The Lord of the Rings Online was released in 2007 at the height of the World of Warcraft craze, but like everything else it failed to dethrone Blizzard even after ditching its subscription model. No release date has been announced.

Middle-earth Enterprises, which controls the non-literary rights to Tolkien's work, is involved with and excited about Amazon's new game. Back in September of a year ago, Athlon said this: "It's a singular opportunity to work closely with Middle-earth Enterprises to create a completely new experience for fans of the landmark fantasy work of J.R.R. Tolkien, and we are excited about the resurgence of interest in The Lord of the Rings IP".

Going off of the announcement from Athlon last Fall, the new MMO will have a totally new setting.

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