A free-to-play mmo is IN DEVELOPMENT
Recent announcements have revealed that certain well-known game developers have come together in order to work on a brand new MMO set in the Lord of the Rings universe for both PC and console. Namely, Amazon Game Studios, apparently consisting of experts behind World of Warcraft and Destiny, is currently working with Athlon Games on the project. Here’s a quote from the VP of Amazon Game Studios to set the tone:
“Tolkien’s Middle-earth is one of the richest fictional worlds in history, and it gives our team of experienced MMO developers – from the same studio developing New World – tremendous opportunity to play and create.
We have a strong leadership team in place to helm this new project, and we’re actively growing our team to help build this incredible experience.”Amazon Game Studios VP – Christopher Hartmann
Amazon’s intent investment in LOTR was already made clear with a television series currently being planned for the future. While the MOBA will be unrelated to both the developing series and the original trilogy in terms of time and setting, (supposedly pre-Trilogy) it will feature the beloved lore and stories set by Tolkien. Unfortunately, those are all the details known together with the fact that it will be free-to-play and set on both PC and console. \
Over time, the bar for Lord of the Rings content in both the worlds of cinema and gaming have been set rather high. Both the television series and this game in development have high expectations; while it’s a little more obvious for the television series, this new MMO is following a line of great LOTR games. The recent titles developed by WB Games were massive successes, apart from the PS2 film adaptations which were simply brilliant. Needless to say, the MMO has unbound possibilities in deciding its direction.
As a LOTR fan myself, the only thing that can ruin these upcoming projects is rushing. The in-depth lore demands for one to sink his teeth in to properly understand it, otherwise running the risk of offering a shallow interpretation unappealing to fans. All in all; Amazon should take all the time in the world to get both the game and the television series just right.
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