Amazon Game Studios is currently making a massive multiplayer Lord of the Rings video game. It is being planned as a free-to-play online game, which will be available on PC and consoles. The game is set to deliver J.R.R. Tolkien's universe of hobbits, wizards, and dragons in a brand-new way, which should make some Middle Earth fans pretty happy. Amazon promises "a new, immersive game experience for epic exploration of the vast world of Tolkien."

The Amazon Lord of the Rings game is set before the events of the original trilogy and is unrelated to the upcoming Amazon Middle-Earth TV series. The game is being developed by Amazon Game Studios and Leyou. For now, the project is untitled and does not have an official release date. Christoph Hartmann, VP, Amazon Game Studios had this to say.

"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."

Leyou actually announced the Lord of the Rings game last year, but its partnership with Amazon was not revealed at the time. The massive and immersive game is said to take players beyond what J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about in the original trilogy. While it sounds similar to the Amazon series, the company stands by its initial comments and states that it is a separate project. With that being said, it sounds like a dream come true for Tolkien fans. Alex Xu, CEO of Leyou Technologies Holdings, explains.

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"Bringing Middle-earth to life necessitates having the very best partners, and Amazon's customer obsession, technology, and talented teams make it the ideal choice for a co-developer and publisher. We believe our combined resources and expertise will result in a beautiful and compelling game that customers will love and play for years to come."

Amazon is also currently developing their first MMO game, which is titled New World. As for the Lord of the Rings franchise and the world of gaming, there has been the popular online game that has been around since 2007. The aforementioned game takes place during the original trilogy and was updated just last year. Amazon's project will also have nothing to do with that old game.

Specifics about the Lord of the Rings video game from Amazon have not been revealed at this point in time. It is unclear which consoles the game will be available on and when it will show up. However, for those who may be on the fence about Amazon getting into the MMO side of things, New World will come out before and will show off what the studio has to offer when it comes to online gaming. Deadline was the first to report on the Amazon Lord of the Rings game.

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