Amazon sticks to that Lord of the Rings-Franchise loyal: In a press release, the company announces that it is launching a new Online game in the world of Middle-earth is working.
The new MMO is being developed by Amazon Games Orange County, the makers of New World, and will be based on the book trilogy and The Hobbit. The still unnamed game is planned for the PC and for consoles, without going into further detail in this regard. The reason for this is quickly found: the development is still in its infancy.
The Lord of the Rings: Thin Information Blanket
In the press release, Amazon Games describes the new MMO as an “open world adventure set in a persistent world set in Middle-earth.” No further information is provided at this point. It is therefore unclear whether the focus is on PvE or PvP elements, how big the planned game world will be and what the core of the story will be about. The only thing that is clear is that it is related to the Amazon series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power there will be no overlaps in content.
Given the numerous missing details, it is not surprising that there is also no video or image material, let alone a release date. It will probably be a few more years before the new Lord of the Rings MMO can even see the light of day.
“It has long been a goal of our team to present players with a fresh interpretation of The Lord of the Rings and we are honored and grateful that Middle-earth Enterprises have entrusted their iconic world to us,” says Christoph Hartmann , the vice president of Amazon Games. Incidentally, the MMO is once again working together with the Embracer Group, which bought the responsible licensing company Middle-earth Enterprises just last year. Also Amazon and Embracer are sitting on the new Tomb Raider already in the same boat.
Amazon Games and the big plans
The new Lord of the Rings MMO should not have any impact on the development of New World. The first game from Amazon Games Orange County will continue to be maintained with updates and new content in the future. How it re The Lord of the Rings Onlinethe first online role-playing game set in the Middle-earth world, remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Amazon Games has some big plans. In addition to the further development of New World and Lost Arkthe new Tomb Raider and the newly announced Lord of the Rings game, the publisher is also working with NCSoft for Throne & Liberty and with Bandai Namco for Blue Protocol together. In addition, the publishing rights for the new games from the studios Glowmade and Disruptive Games were secured in 2022. Last but not least, you have your own development teams in San Diego and Montreal working on new games, which have not yet been announced on a large scale.
For fans of The Lord of the Rings, the game will soon be different: The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will be released on March 25th by the Hamburg studio Daedalic.