Amazon Teams on 'Lord of the Rings'-Prequel Massively Multiplayer Game

Ruben Fields
July 10, 2019

Amazon Game Studios revealed the development of the next big Lord of the Rings videogame, described as "a free-to-play massively multiplayer online" release for PC and consoles.

With a live-action Lord of the Rings TV series in the works at Amazon, it was only a matter of time before the videogame space again tackled the realm of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. If both the game and show are set far apart from the books or movies then perhaps the game and TV show will take place at the same time.

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

Alex Xu, CEO of Leyou Technologies Holdings, added, "Bringing Middle-earth to life necessitates having the very best partners, and Amazon's customer obsession, technology, and talented teams make it the ideal choice for a co-developer and publisher". According to Amazon, the show and the MMO are separate projects, totally unrelated.

Amazon's Lord of the Rings MMORPG will a free-to-play adventure set in Middle-earth as "portrayed in The Lord of the Rings literary trilogy".

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Amazon's upcoming MMORPG is the same Lord of the Rings project that was announced past year by Athlon Games, a Leylou subsidiary.

There are a series of maps floating around on the Twitter account that hint when the series takes place, namely in the Second Age. Amazon Game Studios Vice President Christoph Hartmann, who joined in 2018, called the project a "tremendous opportunity". 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.

Amazon's going whole hog with The Lord of The Rings. How similar to The Lord of the Rings Online do you think it will be?

While Amazon is a relative newcomer to MMO development, Layou have a bit more experience under their belt since they own Digital Extreme, the developers of Warframe.

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