It’s believed that Amazon is aiming to launch its Lord of the Rings MMO (massively multiplayer online game) in 2022, according to a report shared to Resetera.
As spotted by GamesRadar, a Resetera user by the name of ‘sNtd’ has reportedly dropped a load of new info on the upcoming LOTR game, which is expected to become a rival to The Lord of the Rings Online.
“As part of the acquisition of Leyou by Tencent (pending shareholder approval) a bunch of legal documents were released for inspection (you can find all of them here) including Leyou’s original Game License Agreement for the Lord of the Rings game with Middle-earth Enterprises (and an amendment) and the co-development and co-operation agreement with Amazon,” said the user.
“There’s some interesting stuff in there, like their production schedule (exhibit B of the amendment). It seems like the MMO won’t be launching any time soon (open beta scheduled for September 2022) and will be PC only at first. You can also find content guidelines for LotR games in exhibit C of the original Game License Agreement.”
This is the first info we’re seeing of the Lord of the Rings MMO, and hearing that it could come as soon as 2022 is definitely good news. Details on the game have been pretty thin on the ground since the game was first announced last year.
We do know that the as-of-yet untitled project will be free-to-play and will release for both PC and console.
Game developers on-board for the project have a pretty impressive back-catalogue between them, including work on Everquest, Destiny, Planetside, World of Warcraft, Defiance and Rift.
Interestingly, Amazon Studios has made it clear that the game is in no way related to the upcoming Amazon LOTR television series, saying in a press release: “The game and TV show are unrelated and being developed separately.”
If you can’t wait that long, check out our list of the best Lord of the Rings games of all time!
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