Amazon Game Studios is co-developing a new massively multiplayer online game based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The free-to-play game will be based on Tolkien’s literary trilogy, not the Peter Jackson-helmed films, and is unrelated to Amazon’s upcoming original TV series based on The Lord of the Rings that will be set in the Second Age.
Working with Amazon is Athlon Games and Leyou, which originally announced the project in 2018. Athlon’s Lord of the Rings MMO was announced for unspecified consoles and PC, and was described as “an online game set in the world of Middle-earth at a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings, exploring lands, people and creatures never seen before by fans of the Tolkien universe.”
Amazon’s internal game studios, including developers working on the company’s original MMO, New World, will support Athlon to make the Lord of the Rings game. Amazon boasts veteran developers who have worked on games like Everquest, Destiny, Planetside, World of Warcraft, and other MMOs are contributing to the game’s development.
A release date for the new Lord of the Rings MMO was not announced.