Amazon had ambitious plans for the Lord of the Rings brand. In addition to a large-scale set-up, which is currently filming in New Zealand and with a budget of up to $ 465 Million (only for the first season!), He was also making an MMO. We have known about the uprising since 2018, and its official declaration was issued a year later. The production was set up at Amazon Game Studios and the Athlon Games Development Team belonging to the Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd. We write in the past tense for a reason, because our plans have gone awry. Amazon has had to cancel production of the MMORPG in the world of The Lord of the Rings. What are the reasons for this decision?
Amazon has officially canceled The Lord of the Rings MMO. The company was unable to agree to the terms of the contract with Tencent, which had acquired Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd. At the end of 2020.
The Lord of the Rings from Amazon is the most expensive series in history. The budget for the first season will exceed Game of Thrones several times
Amazon has officially canceled The Lord of the Rings MMO created for several years. Well-known journalist Jason Schreyer of Bloomberg wrote about the whole issue, who revealed in his article that the reason for this decision was a dispute between Amazon and Tencent, which at the end of 2020 acquired the majority of Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd. for $ 1.5 billion. In the relationship, new contract negotiations had to start with Amazon, and it seems the companies couldn’t agree. The representative of the American company later officially admitted that the company was not able to secure the terms of the contract that would allow the continuation of work on the MMORPG in the Lord of the Rings world. The team behind The Lord of the Rings will be transferred to other projects.
Saturday Scoop: Amazon canceled Lord of the Rings MMO, which was announced two years ago, due to a dispute with Chinese conglomerate Tencent.
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Jason Schreier (jasonschreier) April 17, 2021
The Lord of the Rings MMORPG was developed with a free business model in mind. We didn’t know much about the game itself – Amazon and its affiliates knew little about developing it. The title was supposed to hit the market as soon as possible at the end of 2022 or in 2023, and the title was due to happen more than a thousand years before the events and adaptations of JRR Tolkien’s books. It wouldn’t be the first high-budget MMO in the world of The Lord of the Rings – in 2007, the very successful and regularly developed The Lord of the Rings Online was released, which was expanded last year. Amazon plans to update and release this game on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S.