Amazon Game Studios and Leyou today announced a new MMORPG based on The Lord of the Rings books.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s world is set to receive another MMO, this time courtesy of Amazon Game Studios. and Leyou. In this MMO, players on both console and PC will get to explore the world as described in the books. Both Amazon and Leyou will jointly develop the game. Amazon will handle all marketing and publishing duties worldwide with the exception of China. Amazon provided no release date.
“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.”
This new The Lord of the Rings MMO isn’t the first MMO based on the literary property. Turbine’s The Lord of the Rings Online remains a popular MMO title with several expansions currently available. Similarly to The Lord of the Rings Online, this new title is based on the books. In other words, don’t expect to see any locations or characters based on the films. Unfortunately, Warner Bros. contains the exclusive rights to Peter Jackson’s film saga.
We’ll let you know should Amazon make any additional announcements concerning the MMO. It’ll be available on both consoles and PC