Amazon will market and publish the title everywhere in the world except China, where Hong Kong-based Leyou will take the reins. The game's development is being led by the team behind Amazon's New World game and veteran developers whose credits include World of Warcraft, Defiance, Everquest and others.
Amazon Game Studios has formally announced the new, free-to-play MMO based on The Lord of the Rings. "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". The Lord of the Rings MMO had actually already been announced previous year by Athlon Games, a company owned by Leyou.More news: 'Your message is excluding people'
Amazon's new Lord of the Rings game will be a free-to-play massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, available for both PC and consoles.
Now that we've gotten the bad taste of the bloated Hobbit film trilogy out of our mouths (along with the weird orc slavery of the Middle-earth video games) things are looking up for Lord of the Rings fans.
Amazon Game Studio Vice President Christoph Hartmann is psyched to work on the game. However, the game and the TV series are separate and unrelated projects.More news: IBM smartwatch patent is a tech origami of unfolding screens
Amazon's upcoming MMORPG is the same Lord of the Rings project that was announced past year by Athlon Games, a Leylou subsidiary.
"Who among us hasn't wanted to take part in an epic adventure", said Fredrica Drotos, Chief Brand and Licensing Officer at Middle-earth Enterprises. LOTR Online has been around since 2007 and still receives updates, albeit at a slower pace in recent years. How similar to The Lord of the Rings Online do you think it will be?
There aren't too many details to decipher from the report, though it won't be connected to the upcoming show, which will be set in the Second Age.More news: George R.R. Martin shares new details about Game of Thrones prequel