Amazon is making another attempt at a massively multiplayer game set in the Lord of the Rings universe. The corporation has announced a partnership with Embracer Group, the media company that owns the intellectual property rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, to create a new open-world MMO set in the “world of Middle-earth.”
Development will be led by Amazon’s Orange County studio, the same team behind the 2021 online game New World. It is noted that the game is in the “early stages of production”, without details about an estimated release date. It will be available on PC and consoles.
This will be Amazon’s second attempt at a Lord of the Rings MMO. The first was announced in 2019 and canceled two years later. And while Amazon is also producing the highly-priced The Rings of Power series, the company says it’s “not related to an upcoming game being developed by Amazon Games.”
It is worth noting that now is a surprisingly busy period for games about Middle-earth. EA has just released a mobile game Heroes of Middle-earth, while the adventure game Gollum should be released on May 25. Weta Workshop is also making a game set in this fantasy universe. In addition, the original MMO The Lord of the Rings Online, released in 2007, is still receiving updates.