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Amazon Game Studios working on new Lord of the Rings MMO

Amazon Game Studios is working on a free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO game The One Ring. Image Fandom NancyDrew4ever
Cecil Davis | 10 July, 2019, 22:15

Set before the events of the films, fans are hoping that we get a lot of Middle Earth coverage with this show since there is so much of the material to adapt. The game is being developed by Amazon Game Studios and Leyou.

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.

Middle-earth Enterprises entered a licensing agreement with Leyou's Athlon Games subsidiary past year. At the time, Athlon announced the Tolkien game but kept Amazon's involvement under wraps.

The free-to-play massively multiplayer online game will be marketed and published globally by Amazon Game Studios except in China where Leyou will handle those duties.

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Amazon Games Studios was founded back in 2012 and so far has had a rough seven years.

"We're committed to bringing customers games of the highest quality, both with our own original IP as well as beloved cultural pillars like The Lord of the Rings", said Amazon Game Studios' Christoph Hartmann in a statement.

This next LOTR game represents a collaboration between Amazon's game technology and MMO developers with Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited (the game developer/publisher behind Warframe) and Middle-earth Enterprises (which licenses entertainment based on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit). All we know is that it's going to be free to play game coming out for PC and consoles. This MMO will not be the first one set in the Lord of the Rings universe, as The Lord of the Rings Online has been kicking around since 2007. There are no words yet related to the period Amazon expects to launch the MMO or on which consoles it will be available. Amazon has been trying to get into the game development business for the past few years but so far it's released only a couple of games, the most recent of which was a awful Top Gear racing game. We also do not know when the Lord of the Rings MMO will be released nor which platforms it will eventually arrive on. Details are also scarce for that project, but Amazon has revealed the series will take place in the Second Age.