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New multiplayer online game set in ‘Lord of the Rings’ universe in the works

11:50 AM July 11, 2019

Hong Kong-based gaming company Leyou Technologies announced Thursday that it is currently working with online retail giant Amazon to develop a new massively multiplayer online game (MMO) set in the “Lord of the Rings” universe.

The still unnamed game will be released for PC and console platforms.

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Leyou Technologies said the upcoming online game based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien is designed to give fans of the series “a new, immersive game experience for epic exploration.”

The eventual release of the Amazon’s MMO game will mean that there will be two MMOs based on the “Lord of the Rings” franchise, with The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar having been released in 2007 and is still playable in 2019.

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Another Amazon department is also working on another project set in Tolkien’s legendarium. Amazon Prime Video announced in 2017 that it has committed to creating a five-season television series set thousands of years before the setting of the original trilogy.

Amazon Game Studios Vice President Christoph Hartmann said the company is poised to deliver an MMO experience deserving of one of the most celebrated fantasy universes of all time.

“More than 60 years after the publication of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring,’ we’re delighted that Amazon Game Studios has partnered with Leyou Technologies to bring their respective expertise to build a much anticipated game that will immerse us in the beloved, epic world of Middle-earth, envisioned by Professor Tolkien,” Hartmann said.

Leyou Technologies owns several video game studios worldwide. Among its most prominent studios are Splash Damage and Digital Extremes, the latter of which developed “Warframe,” which is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 most played video games in the world.

Amazon Game Studios has not yet announced a release date for the upcoming online game.  /ra

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