The Lord of the Rings, Amazon cancels the MMO in development

The Lord of the Rings, Amazon cancels the MMO in development

The Lord of the Rings

Nothing to do for the massive online multiplayer of The Lord of the Rings. The title, in development by the gaming division of Amazon, has been canceled, according to reports from Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier, who revealed the end of development during the past few hours after speaking with a source inside the company's development studio. by Jeff Bezos.

The situation appears decidedly intricate. Unlike other projects, perhaps canceled by the giant owned by Jeff Bezos, the end of the MMO based on The Lord of the Rings was caused by a dispute between Amazon and Tencent. The latter has in fact acquired the developer who collaborated with Amazon on the project, namely Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd, creating a dispute between the companies. The result? The end of the work on the project, revealed to Schreier by a source who wishes to remain anonymous and subsequently the situation was also confirmed by Amazon, with a spokesperson who declared it impossible to complete the game.

As reported by Bloomberg, the development team currently working on The Lord of the Rings has been moved to other projects. "We are really disappointed not to bea> able to bring our project to gamers", commented some of the developers who have been working on the project for two years now. The title was in fact announced in 2019 and received with great enthusiasm by fans, who unfortunately will not be able to play it now.

For Amazon, this is unfortunately a new obstacle to its rise in the world of video games. Before The Lord of the Rings, in fact, the company had canceled two other games, namely Breakaway and Crucible. New World, another Game As A Service has been postponed several times. It therefore seems clear that the e-commerce giant is struggling and not a little to find the right way to enter the industry but we are pretty sure that its attempts will not end there.

On Amazon it is The complete edition of The Lord of the Rings is available, with a box that includes 6 Blu-rays and 9 DVDs!

Amazon has cancelled its 'The Lord of the Rings' multiplayer video game

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  • Amazon's 'The Lord of the Rings' video game has been cancelled, Bloomberg reported.
  • The free-to-play game had been under development with a Chinese partner.
  • It was 'disappointed that we won't be bringing this game to customers,' Amazon told Bloomberg.
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  • Amazon Games has cancelled its 'The Lord of the Rings' video game, Bloomberg reported.

    The game was originally announced in 2019 as a partnership between Amazon and Athlon Games. That company's parent, Leyou Technologies Holdings, was acquired by Tencent Holdings in December.

    The acquisition reportedly led to contract disputes, putting the project in jeopardy and leading to the cancellation, Bloomberg reported.

    Amazon was 'unable to secure terms to proceed with this title at this time,' a company spokesperson told The Verge on Saturday.

    Amazon's also developing author J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Rings' book trilogy into a television series. It's reportedly spending about $465 million on the first season alone, after buying the rights for a reported $250 million. The total price tag for the show is expected to top $1 billion.

    When Amazon announced the game in 2019, the company said: 'Set in the world of Middle-earth portrayed in 'The Lord of the Rings' literary trilogy, the game will give fans around the globe a new, immersive game experience for epic exploration of the vast world of Tolkien.'

    The game was set to be a massively multiplayer online game, the type of expansive game that encourages players to wander and explore a digital world.

    'We love the Lord of the Rings IP, and are disappointed that we won't be bringing this game to customers,' an Amazon spokesperson told Bloomberg.

    Published in the mid-1950s, Tolkien's three novels, about Frodo Baggins' quest to destroy a powerful ring, have proven themselves able to pull in new audiences across generations.

    A series of three movies made by director Peter Jackson grossed just shy of $3 billion at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo.

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