Unlike Amazon's adaptation, however, it follows Tolkien's trilogy and lets you see what was going on in the rest of Middle-earth while all this bad business was going down.
"Who among us hasn't wanted to take part in an epic adventure", said Fredrica Drotos, Chief Brand and Licensing Officer at Middle-earth Enterprises. The Hong Kong-based games company will ultimately market and publish the game in China. The game's plot hasn't been explicitly revealed, but it will allow players to roam Middle-earth alongside other players from around the world.
The video game dovetails with Amazon's development of a new "LOTR" TV series.
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Even though I don't care about Lord of the Rings, this project interests me just as a big sign of life from Amazon Game Studios.
"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".
A year ago the owners of Leyou, Athalon Games, announced they would be working on a brand new MMO based on J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings, along with a mysterious partner of some sort.
Athlon Games is owned by Leyou, which also owns Digital Extremes, the team behind Warframe. He added, "We believe our combined resources and expertise will result in a lovely and compelling game that customers will love and play for years to come". This MMO will not be the first one set in the Lord of the Rings universe, as The Lord of the Rings Online has been kicking around since 2007.
There is no official title for the MMO now and it is unclear when Amazon plans to release it or how long it has been in development for. As of right now, there is no release date or information about which consoles the game will eventually release on.