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USA | May 15, 2023

Amazon to develop a ‘Lord of the Rings’ MMO game

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Amazon Games and Embracer Group revealed their partnership to develop and publish a new massively multiplayer online (MMO) game based on The Lord of the Rings set in the iconic world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

The game will take players on an immersive adventure in an open-world, persistent environment, encompassing the beloved stories of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The project is still in its early stages, with development spearheaded by Amazon Games Orange County studio, known for their popular open-world massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, New World.

The game is expected to be available on PC and consoles worldwide, with more details, including the release date, to be shared in the future.

Christoph Hartmann, vice president of Amazon Games, expressed their commitment to providing players with high-quality gaming experiences, whether through original IPs or cherished franchises like The Lord of the Rings.

Hartmann stated, “Bringing players a fresh take on The Lord of the Rings has long been an aspiration for our team, and we’re honored and grateful that Middle-earth Enterprises is entrusting us with this iconic world.”

The collaboration between Amazon Games and Embracer Group is an expansion of their existing relationship, which began with the Tomb Raider deal last year. Both companies are eager to work together again, leveraging their respective strengths to create an exceptional gaming experience set in Middle-earth.

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Lee Guinchard, CEO of Freemode, the operative group of Middle-earth Enterprises, expressed his excitement about Amazon Games’ passion for building immersive worlds and their dedication to reaching a global audience. Guinchard stated, “We’re taking every care to deliver an MMO which will do justice to the expansive Middle-earth universe and delight players around the world.”

This new game in the Middle-earth universe adds to Amazon Games’ growing success in game publishing and development. Their internally developed MMO, New World, and action RPG Lost Ark from Smilegate RPG have both achieved tremendous success, ranking high on Steam and Twitch and fostering vibrant player communities.

Amazon Games has also secured publishing agreements with prominent developers such as NCSOFT, Bandai Namco Online, Crystal Dynamics, Glowmade, and Disruptive Games for various upcoming titles.

Fans of The Lord of the Rings can now look forward to embarking on an epic gaming journey through Middle-earth, exploring the enchanting world and experiencing the iconic stories in a whole new way. With the combined expertise of Amazon Games and Embracer Group, this highly anticipated MMO game promises to immerse players in an unforgettable adventure.


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