Amazon Games Is Making A Lord Of The Rings MMO


Amazon’s game division has been lapping up new IPs and established franchises with great fervor. In 2020, a deal was inked with the Korean publisher and creator of “Crossfire,” Smilegate RPG, to publish a new game called “Lost Ark” that came out in 2022. This was followed by the opening of a new games development studio in Montreal and a deal for developing a new gaming IP with Glowmade. Last year, Amazon Games also signed a publishing deal with Disruptive Games, followed by a collaboration with Crystal Dynamics to develop the next “Tomb Raider” game, and another deal with Japanese giant Bandai Namco.

With the upcoming title based on the “Lord of the Rings” material, Amazon Games is hoping to “deliver an experience that is incredibly faithful to the rich fantasy lore established by Tolkien’s landmark novels,” according to the company. The team says it will be a different experience from “New World,” but will rely on the same underlying Azoth game development engine. However, the plan is to significantly upgrade the Azoth engine as development on the upcoming game goes ahead with full steam. 

Details on the game’s premise and gameplay elements are slim at the moment, but Amazon Games VP Christoph Hartmann says the studio is “determined to build the best possible The Lord of the Rings MMO” that fans will enjoy. Currently, Amazon is busy developing the second season of its “Rings of Power” TV show after spending nearly a billion dollars on its first season. 

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