Amazon Games and Embracer Group’s subsidiary Middle-earth Enterprises have announced a partnership to develop and publish a new massively multiplayer online (MMO) game based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The upcoming game will be an open-world MMO adventure set in Middle-earth, featuring the captivating stories of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
In the early stages of production, the game is being developed by Amazon Games Orange County, the team behind the popular open-world MMO New World. Amazon Games will publish the game globally for PC and consoles. While further details, including the launch timing, have not been revealed yet, the companies have expressed their commitment to delivering a high-quality gaming experience.
Christoph Hartmann, VP of Amazon Games, expressed the company’s dedication to providing players with exceptional games, whether through original intellectual properties or beloved franchises like The Lord of the Rings. Amazon Games is honored to be entrusted with this iconic world and aims to offer players a fresh take on the beloved fantasy universe.
Lee Guinchard, CEO of Freemode, highlighted the endless creative possibilities offered by the world of Middle-earth and praised Amazon Games’ passion for building immersive worlds. The partnership aims to create the highest-quality MMO that stays true to the expansive Middle-earth universe and brings joy to players worldwide.
The announcement adds to Amazon Games’ growing presence in game publishing and development. The company has experienced success with its internally developed MMO, New World, and the action RPG Lost Ark from Smilegate RPG. Both games have gained popularity on platforms like Steam and Twitch and have fostered thriving player communities. Amazon Games has also entered publishing agreements with notable partners for various projects, including NCSOFT, Bandai Namco Online, Crystal Dynamics, and Glowmade, further solidifying its position in the gaming industry.
It’s important to note that this upcoming Lord of the Rings MMO is separate from the hit series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power produced by Amazon Studios for Prime Video. The TV series explores Tolkien’s Second Age of Middle-earth and is unrelated to the MMO game currently in development by Amazon Games.
As fans eagerly anticipate more news about the upcoming MMO, the partnership between Amazon Games and Embracer Group’s Middle-earth Enterprises holds great promise for delivering an immersive and captivating gaming experience set in the enchanting world of Middle-earth.