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Amazon Game Studios teams with Athlon Games on free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO

By Shawn Knight · 6 replies
Jul 10, 2019
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  1. Athlon Games is teaming up with Amazon Game Studios to help bring its upcoming Lord of the Rings game to market.

    Athlon parent company Leyou announced in September that the publisher had signed a long-term licensing agreement with Middle-earth Enterprises to “create a completely new experience for fans of the landmark fantasy work of J.R.R. Tolkien.”

    The game was said to be set “in the world of Middle-earth long at a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings,” allowing players to explore lands, creatures and people never seen before in the Tolkien universe. Today’s e-mailed presser from Amazon Game Studios notes it will be “set in the world of Middle-earth portrayed in The Lord of the Rings literary trilogy” but doesn’t mention a specific time period. Presumably, it's still in the earlier period as previously mentioned.

    The free-to-play massively multiplayer online game will be marketed and published globally by Amazon Game Studios except in China where Leyou will handle those duties.

    The MMO doesn’t yet have a release date meaning it’s unclear if it will arrive before or after Amazon’s original television series based on The Lord of the Rings. Amazon specifically mentioned that the show is being developed separately from the game and that the two are unrelated.

    Masthead credit: The One Ring from The Lord of the Rings by Eeli Purola

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  2. antiproduct

    antiproduct TS Addict Posts: 115   +127

    So... they're making another Lord of the Rings Online? Why not just buy the existing game and revamp it?
    psycros likes this.
  3. neeyik

    neeyik TS Addict Posts: 82   +63

    Athlon Games, as far as I can tell, haven't published any games since its inception last year; the parent company does own Digital Extremes (the makers of Warframe) and Splash Damage (makers of the multiplayer side of the likes of Gears of War 4) though.

    My guess is that this ends up being a hack-n-slash type of MMO, rather than anything RPG-ish.
    psycros likes this.
  4. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 731   +563

    Nothing is "free". How are they planning to generate revenue? Charging for cheat codes (potions/items) and/or loot gambling boxes?
    psycros and TheBigT42 like this.
  5. neeyik

    neeyik TS Addict Posts: 82   +63

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  6. rub900

    rub900 TS Booster Posts: 101   +34

    Too bad Amazon sucks. Hope it fails.
    Morris Minor likes this.
  7. GreyFoxx

    GreyFoxx TS Booster Posts: 99   +69


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