Amazon to Co-Create the New Lord of the Rings MMO

Since late last year we’ve been hearing about a new Lord of the Rings MMO in the works with Leyou Technologies, well it seems that Amazon is getting on the Lord of the Rings MMO as well. Today it was announced that the two would be collaborating and co-developing the MMO.

Thanks to the press release announcing this we also know that the game will be free to play and won’t be related to the upcoming Amazon Prime show. The two companies will develop the game in a joint effort and then it will be marketed and published by Amazon globally, with the exception of China.

A Dwarf in LOTRO, the other Lord of the Rings MMO

“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, 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,” said 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.”

Sadly at this point, we still don’t have anything resembling a release date. But it is safe to assume we are still several years away from the game being playable.

 

Source: Press Release

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Shannon first discovered MMOs in 1999 when she picked up the newly launched Everquest. This started a lifelong love affair with online gaming that has taken her around the world and brought her to MMOGames.com. While she still pines for the streets of Paragon, the City of Heroes, today she spends most of her gaming time walking across Tyria in Guild Wars 2, roleplaying with anyone who says hello.