With Lord of the Rings getting the Amazon TV treatment, perhaps it is not that surprising that a game is being made as well. Amazon Game Studios is partnering with Leyou Technologies and its Athlon Games label to develop a new free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO.
The game will be based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary trilogy, not the movies, and will definitely feature some familiar characters to those who have read the books. Unfortunately, aside from the announcement, no story details have been revealed, nor do we have a release window.
Amazon has, however, confirmed that the MMO is a separate project from its TV show, which takes place during the Second Age, ages before the events in the books.
“The game will give fans around the globe a new, immersive game experience for epic exploration of the vast world of Tolkien,” Amazon said in a press release.
Being made for both consoles and PC, Amazon will be marketing and publishing the Lord of the Rings MMO worldwide except for China, which will be handled by Leyou Technologies.
The development team is the same internal Amazon studio that is currently working on the 17th century MMO, New World, and have veterans from Destiny, Planetside, World of Warcraft, Everquest, Defiance, and Rift in their ranks.
Middle-earth Enterprises, which holds the reins over the non-literary rights to Tolkien’s work, is also working with Amazon and expressed their excitement for the partnership.
“Who among us hasn’t wanted to take part in an epic adventure,” Middle-earth Enterprises brand and licensing head honcho, Fredrica Drotos, said in a statement. “More than 60 years after the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring, we’re delighted that Amazon Game Studios has partnered with Leyou to bring their respective expertise to build a much-anticipated game that will immerse us in the beloved, epic world of Middle-earth, envisioned by Professor Tolkien.”