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Amazon Game Studios is co-developing a Lord of the Rings MMO

Next big Lord of the Rings console videogame in the works at Amazon A new Lord of the Rings MMO is about to get a helping hand from Amazon
Emmett Howard | 10 July, 2019, 22:18

While it's a really tall order to bring the dynamic world of Middle Earth to life in an interactive fashion while also promising players new lands and creatures, we're excited to see what Amazon and Leyou can dream up.

It's been nearly a year since Athlon Games officially announced that they were working on an MMORPG (a role-playing game with massive online multiplayer) set in the Lord of the Rings universe.

Amazon Game Studios announced its new project: an MMO game based on the narrative universe of the Lord of the Rings, developed in collaboration with Leyou.

A new Lord of the Rings MMO is in the works from Amazon Game Studios and Leyou Technologies.

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

As Variety reports, the game will be made for both PC and consoles and will be set several years before the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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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".

Game development is a fairly new project for Amazon, but they certainly aren't playing it safe. We're getting a biopic of author J.R.R. Tolkien and Amazon is preparing a new streaming show set in an unexplored era of the fantasy universe directed by J.A. Bayona.

Additionally, Leyou also owns Athlon Games, who previously announced its own Lord of the Rings project past year. 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.

There is no official title for the MMO now and it is unclear when Amazon plans to release it or how long it has been in development for. There was no mention of Amazon Game Studios at the time, simply a "partner developer" - that is, Amazon.

What are your thoughts on this Lord of the Rings MMO?

Would you be keen to play a new Lord of the Rings MMO?

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