Amazon's Lord of the Rings

Amazon working on a free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO

This is being developed alongside Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited, and is heading to PC and consoles.

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Amazon Game Studios has revealed a collaboration with Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited and Middle-earth Enterprises to develop and publish a free-to-play MMO game set in the universe of Lord of the Rings, although no name or release date has been shared.

This game will allow fans to explore the world that JRR Tolkein created, and this should fit nicely with the Lord of the Rings series that Amazon is developing for Prime Video (although the two are unrelated to each other). This project will be coming to PC and consoles, and while Amazon Game Studios is marketing and publishing it worldwide, in China this will be handled by Leyou, who is also bringing their knowledge in free-to-play games and live-services.

"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 Christoph Hartmann, VP of Amazon Game Studios. "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. We have a strong leadership team in place to helm this new project, and we're actively growing our team to help build this incredible experience."

"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," adds Alex Xu, CEO of Leyou Technologies Holdings. "We believe our combined resources and expertise will result in a beautiful and compelling game that customers will love and play for years to come."

"Who among us hasn't wanted to take part in an epic adventure," says Fredrica Drotos, Chief Brand and Licensing Officer at Middle-earth Enterprises. "More than 60 years after the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring, we're delighted that Amazon Game Studios has partnered with Leyou to bring their respective expertise to build a much anticipated game that will immerse us in the beloved, epic world of Middle-earth, envisioned by Professor Tolkien."

Lord of the Rings fans have a lot to be excited about right now, as not only is there the video series to look forward to, but we also have Daedalic working on Lord of the Rings: Gollum, while Athlon Games is also developing their own project.

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Amazon's Lord of the Rings

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