New Lord of the Rings MMORPG Being Developed by Amazon Game Studios

Amazon Game Studios is working on a free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO game

Amazon Game Studios is working on a free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO game

This is the direction Amazon is taking the upcoming The Lord of the Rings TV series. Athlon first announced the development previous year, in partnership with Middle-earth Enterprises. It has studios in San Diego and Orange County, California, and at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle.

Amazon announced plans for a massively multiplayer online game set in J.R.R. Tokien's Middle-earth - but in an era well before the events in "The Lord of the Rings".

Amazon Game Studio Vice President Christoph Hartmann is psyched to work on the game.

The development team is the same internal Amazon studio that is now working on the 17th century MMO, New World, and have veterans from Destiny, Planetside, World of Warcraft, Everquest, Defiance, and Rift in their ranks. However, both these projects are absolutely unrelated.

There are no details yet on when Amazon expects to release the MMO or on which consoles it will be available.

Amazon's central game studios, which include the developers working on the company's original MMO, New World, will assist Athlon to create the Lord of the Rings game.

Although it sounds like Athlon's game could be set vaguely in the same time period. Due to its ground-breaking fantasy setting, Lord of the Rings will always feature predominantly both in fiction and pop culture, something that Amazon is hoping to exploit with their announcement of a new Lord of the Rings MMO a year ago.

We already knew that Amazon is working on a Lord of the Rings TV series, but today, the company's game development arm confirmed that it's working on video game as well. Amazon will market and publish the title everywhere in the world except China, where Hong Kong-based Leyou will take the reins. They are apparently making a Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) videogame set in the Lord of the Rings universe as well.

Amazon is busy at the forge with its Lord of the Rings projects. And for what it's worth, IGN states that the game's development team has some folks who've worked on MMOs in the past, including developers from World of Warcraft, Destiny, and Everquest.