‘Lord of the Rings’ Online Multiplayer Game in the Works at Amazon


Amazon Game Studios is collaborating with Middle-earth Enterprises and Chinese video game holding company Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited to develop and publish a free-to-play massively multiplayer online (MMO) game for PC and consoles based on author J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings.


Set in the universe of Tolkien’s novels, the new game will allow fans to explore the vast world of Middle-earth alongside players from around the globe.


“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,” Amazon Game Studio vp Christoph Hartmann said in a statement. “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.”



Amazon Game Studios will jointly develop the game alongside Leyou. The American company will market and publish the title globally with the exception of China, which will be managed by Leyou.


The development team for the upcoming game is made up of industry veterans who have worked on such other MMOs as Everquest and World of Warcraft, as well as Amazon Game Studios’ own MMO New World, among others. The Lord of the Rings game is the same project that was revealed to be in development at Leyou’s California-based publishing label Athlon Games last September.


“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 Leyou CEO Alex Xu.


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Warner Bros.; Amazon
Follow us on Twitter @HighlightHwd or @LightfootinHwd