In another setback for Amazon Games, their Lord of The Rings MMORPG project has been given the Boromir treatment following a breakdown in negotiations between Amazon and publisher Tencent. Whether or not this is good or bad news for fans of Standing Stone Games’ & Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online is another story. After all, there are still plenty of fans that prefer Boromir’s surviving brother, Faramir, anyway.
In a report from Bloomberg, an insider detailed how the procurement of Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd. by conglomerate Tencent Holdings Ltd. had a part to play in the cancellation. It was later confirmed by an Amazon spokesperson who said that Amazon was “unable to secure terms to proceed with this title at this time” following the Tencent acquisition, and added “we love the Lord of the Rings IP, and are disappointed that we won't be bringing this game to customers.” Sad times indeed.
Lord of the Rings Online has been going since 2007
The news comes after Amazon’s team-based hero shooter, Crucible, returned to a closed beta status just one month after its release, with development grinding to a halt in October 2020. Not only that, but many of us are keenly aware of the delays that have hit the anticipated upcoming MMORPG New World, which is now slated for an August release. Though in that case, a delay doesn’t necessarily mean the worst.
Needless to say, while it’s always exciting to get a shiny new game with new features and prettier settings, LOTR fans can still enjoy a virtual Middle Earth with LOTRO, which remains a fan-favourite to this day. And there may still come a day when a glowing new Amazon LOTR MMO receives its own Gandalf-style resurrection - so watch this space.
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