Published on July 10th, 2019 | by gareth0
Amazon Reveals New Lord Of The Rings Game
I know a few Middle Earth fans who will be thrilled about this.
Amazon Game Studios has announced a special collaboration with Leyou to co-develop and publish a PC and console game based on the beloved The Lord of the Rings literary universe.
The free-to-play, massively multiplayer online game, set in the iconic world of Middle-earth portrayed in The Lord of the Rings literary trilogy, will be published on PC and console
Development is being led by the same Amazon Game Studios team behind New World, and a new team being assembled for this project will utilize resources from across AGS locations in Seattle, Irvine and San Diego. Amazon Game Studios recently wrapped a successful alpha test of New World, and looks forward to sharing updates on that game in the future
The Amazon Game Studios team working on the game includes veteran developers who have worked on Everquest, Destiny, Planetside, World of Warcraft, Defiance, Rift, and other popular MMOs
This is the same game that Athlon Games, a subsidiary of Leyou, announced last year. This collaboration combines Amazon’s game technology and the talented MMO developers at Amazon Game Studios with Leyou’s expertise in designing free-to-play games and operating live-service games
Amazon Studios is separately developing a new Amazon Original TV series based on The Lord of the Rings for Prime Video. The game and TV show are unrelated and being developed separately
No release date has been set for this game, and we will be sharing the title at a later time
AMAZON GAME STUDIOS AND LEYOU TO CO-DEVELOP GAME BASED ON THE LORD OF THE RINGS WORLD
Amazon Game Studios and Leyou to collaborate on massively
multiplayer online game for PC and consoles set in Middle-earth
Seattle, WA – July 10, 2019 – 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.
“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.”
“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. “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.”
The Amazon Game Studios leadership team includes veteran developers who helped create of some of the world’s most popular MMO games. Amazon Game Studios is also home to New World, an in-development sandbox MMO game set in an alternate 17th century world.