Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

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

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

The Hong Kong-based games company will ultimately market and publish the game in China. Specifically, the team behind Amazon's own MMO New World seems to be providing assistance with its development.

"Lord of the Rings" is the second online roleplaying game announced by Amazon this year - the first is a game called "New World" set in the 17th century. "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".

Leyou actually announced the Lord of the Rings game past year, but its partnership with Amazon was not revealed at the time. It will be completely free-to-play and will be available on PC and mobile. However, the game and the TV series are separate and unrelated projects. It was also portrayed as a game set in the World of Middle-earth at a time before the original series.

For the MMO, Amazon is partnering with Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited. Earlier this year, Daedalic Entertainment announced development on its own game, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum.

Now that Game of Thrones has come and gone, ending with a thud rather than a bang, fans are hoping to get their fantasy fix with Amazon's upcoming Lord of the Rings series.

The Lord of the Rings MMORPG will see the collaboration of industry veterans, with many authors, designers and programmers specializing in multiplayer titles like Everquest, Planetside, World of Warcraft and Destiny.

Amazon Game Studios hasn't worked on a high-profile game yet, but it looks like that's about to change. We also do not know when the Lord of the Rings MMO will be released nor which platforms it will eventually arrive on.

The new game is not a sequel or prequel to the 2007 MMO Lord of the Rings Online, which is still running and free to play.

According to the game description via Leyou's Athlon Games, this MMO takes place long before the events of The Lord of the Rings.

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