Amazon launching ‘Lord of the Rings’ MMO video game separate from series

Amazon Game Studios is working on a free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO game

Between Amazon and Leyou, there's a considerable amount of previous MMO experience: Leyou owns Warframe developer Digital Extremes, and Amazon Game Studios is already deep in the development process for its first MMO, New World, which should help assuage fears that such a beloved IP is being handled by relative newcomers. So we shouldn't expect any tie-ins between the two, as the game is set in the Lord of the Rings world while the TV series takes place at an earlier time during the Second Age.

Amazon is going all-in on "Lord of The Rings", with the tech giant sharing on Wednesday that it is developing a new multiplayer online video game based on the popular franchise from J.R.R. Tolkien.

It's incredibly exciting to see how the Tolkien universe is being expanded in both the Amazon series and now this new MMO, even though we're a bit bummed that the game won't have a stronger tie to the new series.

Middle-earth Enterprises, which owns the rights to specifics from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, is teaming up with Amazon Game Studios and Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited, a Chinese videogame holding company, to create the game.

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Amazon Game Studios and Leyou will jointly develop the MMO for PCs and consoles.

Amazon's upcoming MMORPG is the same Lord of the Rings project that was announced a year ago by Athlon Games, a Leylou subsidiary. 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. Veterans from projects like World of Warcraft, Everquest, and Destiny are all contributing to this online title. Athlon's Lord of the Rings MMO initially announced the project back in 2018. This new announcement seems to be that same game, but this time with Amazon's backing.

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. Do you think the new game will be better than Lord of the Rings Online? Amazon Game Studios is also home to New World, an in-development sandbox MMO game set in an alternate 17th century world.

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