Amazon is doubling down with its Lord of the Rings content, launching a Lord of the Rings MMO video game set several years before the events of the trilogy.
We’re all getting excited to hear more information from Amazon’s forthcoming Lord of the Rings series, but it seems that the series isn’t the only new Middle Earth content coming our way from the streaming and retail giant. Amazon Game Studios is partnering with Leyou Technologies to bring us a brand new massive multiplayer online game set in Middle Earth.
As Variety reports, the game will be made for both PC and consoles and will be set several years before the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The game will also feature lands, people, and creatures Tolkien fans have never seen before.
Of course, with Amazon launching a series adaptation of Lord of the Rings, it was easy to assume the game would be a tie-in to that story. However, the two projects aren’t connected (except for their Tolkein and Middle Earth ties).
We don’t yet have a release date for the project, but the VP of Amazon Game Studios Christoph Hartmann sounded incredibly enthusiastic in a statement issued to Variety about the game.
“We’re committed to bringing customers games of the highest quality, both with our own original [intellectual property] as well as beloved cultural pillars like The Lord of the Rings. 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.”
It’s incredibly exciting to see how the Tolkien universe is being expanded in both the Amazon series and now this new MMO, even though we’re a bit bummed that the game won’t have a stronger tie to the new series. While it’s a really tall order to bring the dynamic world of Middle Earth to life in an interactive fashion while also promising players new lands and creatures, we’re excited to see what Amazon and Leyou can dream up.
If nothing else, Tolkien fans will finally be able to experience the magic and adventure of Middle Earth first hand, and that is something we all can get excited about. Check back here for more breaking news on the new Middle Eart game and Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series.