Final yr the house owners of Leyou, Athalon Video games, introduced they’d be engaged on a model new MMO primarily based on J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings, together with a mysterious accomplice of some type. It has now been revealed that the accomplice in query is Amazon, who’ve their very own Lord of the Rings adaptation scheduled for launch over the subsequent few years, although they’re fast to make it clear that each tasks are being labored on individually and can have no tie-ins in any way.
Regardless of the dearth of connections between the properties, the brand new MMO might be set many, a few years earlier than The Lord of the Rings takes place. The brand new recreation will characteristic characters, races, and lands which have by no means earlier than been seen in any earlier adaptation of Tolkien’s Center-Earth universe. Earlier than any purists begin to fear, Athlon Video games, Leyou and Amazon might be producing the sport in shut partnership with Center-Earth Enterprises to make sure that the expertise is value of Tolkien’s work. Again in September of final yr, Athlon stated this: “It’s a singular alternative to work intently with Center-earth Enterprises to create a very new expertise for followers of the landmark fantasy work of J.R.R. Tolkien, and we’re excited concerning the resurgence of curiosity in The Lord of the Rings IP.”
Whereas Amazon is a relative newcomer to MMO growth, Layou have a bit extra expertise below their belt since they personal Digital Excessive, the builders of Warframe. Amazon additionally does have their first MMO within the works, New World, which sees gamers making an attempt to overcome the ‘new world’. Time will inform if their expertise crafting a world set within the interval of American colonialism will assist Amazon to craft the excessive fantasy world of Center-Earth. As of proper now, there isn’t a launch date or details about which consoles the sport will ultimately launch on.
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