Amazon Studios Working on New Lord of the Rings MMO

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J.R.R. Tolkien fans will be able to explore the realm of Middle-earth thanks to a new MMO based on the literary history of the fantastical world. 

Amazon’s going whole hog with The Lord of The Rings. On top of developing the new TV series (which recently landed a director), they’ve announced that the gaming side of their business is now working on something as well. In partnership with Leyou, Amazon Game Studios is developing a brand new MMO for PC and consoles based on the literary works.

Apparently this is the same game they announced last year, though the wording seems a bit odd. The initial announcement was the MMO would take place in the distant past of Middle-earth, while the press release continually mentions, specifically, The Lord of the Rings book trilogy…Oh well.

The free-to-play game still doesn’t have a release date, but it’s nice to know they’re still hard at work on it:

Amazon Game Studios, a division of Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced it will collaborate with Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited (HKEX: 1089) and Middle-earth Enterprises to develop and publish a free-to-play massively multiplayer online (MMO) game based on the milestone fantasy literary work The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. No release date has been set for the game.

Set in the world of Middle-earth portrayed in The Lord of the Rings literary trilogy, the game will give fans around the globe a new, immersive game experience for epic exploration of the vast world of Tolkien. In addition to the game development collaboration, Amazon Studios is separately developing a new Amazon Original TV series based on The Lord of the Rings for Prime Video unrelated to the game.

Amazon Game Studios and Leyou will jointly develop the game for PC and consoles, and Amazon Game Studios will market and publish the title globally with the exception of China, which will be managed by Leyou. The collaboration brings together Amazon’s game technology and talented MMO developers, and Leyou’s expertise in designing free-to-play games and operating live-service games.

What do you guys think? Will you be playing this new MMO when it launches?