While already the Beloved fantasy trilogy, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is being adapted by Amazon into a TV series, it will also get a multiplayer game around it thanks to Amazon soon.
The upcoming title is being developed by Amazon and the Chinese company Leyou Technologies, according to an announcement made by Amazon on Wednesday. Much like the genre of the games, World of Warcraft and The Elder Scrolls Online, the new product will be free to play, and operate as a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game.
The game is supposed to arrive on PC and consoles and exactly like the depiction in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ novels, the game will be set in “Middle-earth”. Last year in September, Athlod Games which is a subsidiary of Leyou Technologies, had shared an MMO based on the fantasy series with a then-unnamed partner is being created by them. It can be rightly assumed that the very same game has been in development since last year, even though Amazon just made an announcement about the same.
In the game development department, Amazon has not shown a strong position. A studio to build casual, app-based games that competed with Zynga, was first unveiled by Amazon in the year 2012. Another upcoming MMO called New World is in a closed testing mode.
The development of The Lord of the Rings game will be done by the same team developing the New World game for Amazon. Athlon’s statement revealed that the staffers include industry veterans who have worked on many popular MMOs, such as World of Warcraft, Rift, Defiance, Destiny, Everquest and Planetside.
The TV series of the trilogy being adapted for Amazon Prime Video will have no direct ties with the game.
Additionally, a release date of the game is yet to be disclosed.
Gaurang Taylor is an MD/MBA candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Harvard Business School. He contributes regularly to CardioSource World News and Emergency Physicians Monthly. He is interested in developing scalable, tech-based solutions for medicine and education. He loves to share his knowledge and recent trends in the Healthcare Department by posting various articles. He has experience in medical device pathways and is passionate about understanding the human body.