Amazon Game Studios are in the process of developing a new The Lord of Rings multiplayer roleplaying game.
Amazon Game Studios Currently Developing a Lord of the Rings MMORPG
This MMORPG is a free-to-play title set in Middle-earth according to an article by IGN as “portrayed in The Lord of the Rings literary trilogy”. This means it will be based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien rather than the cinematic versions by director Peter Jackson.
The online multiplayer will be developed with Leylou Technologies who own the the Warframe developer Digital Extremes, as well as Middle-earth Enterprises will be behind it. It is set to release on PC as well as consoles. Amazon Game Studios has already quite the group of experience MMO talent, as it is comprised of members who have worked on the likes of Everquest, Destiny, World of Warcraft, Planetside and more. They are also behind the Amazon original game New World, a sandbox MMO.
Tolkien’s Middle-earth is one of the richest fictional worlds in history, and it gives our team of experienced MMO developers — from the same studio developing New World — tremendous opportunity to play and create.
Amazon Game Studios VP Christoph Hartmann
According to an article by The Verge, Athlon Games who owns Leylou, they shared an announcement last fall delving a bit more into what the MMO game will be about. At that point they did not unveil who their “partner developer” was, which we now know is Amazon Game Studios:
…at a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings, exploring lands, people and creatures never seen before by fans of the Tolkien universe.
This means we can expect all new characters, landscapes and even mythical beings as envisioned by the developers.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Amazon diving into the LOTR universe, as they are already producing the TV series for Amazon Prime, which is set in the Second Age, before the events that take place in the LOTR films. But that is far as the connection goes for Amazon producing a series and game, as both are unrelated to each other and being developed as separate projects.
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) March 7, 2019
This also isn’t the first MMORPG to be set in Tolkien’s universe, The Lord of the Rings Online was released in 2007, which offered an experience that would allow players to adventure through the events of the trilogy. The latest update for the MMO was in 2018.
This is quite some news, so far there is no announced release window for the Lord of the Rings MMORPG or the exact title for this game. But we will of course keep you posted as new info develops.
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