“We love the Lord of the Rings and are disappointed we didn't bring this game to customers”
Rumor has it that Amazon has canceled development on its upcoming Lord of the Rings game.
While the game was in development at Amazon Game Studios in partnership with Tencent's Leyou Technologies, it has now been reported that development has ended due to a contractual dispute between megacorps Amazon and Tencent.
Detailed license documents about the Lord of the Rings MMO were leaked online late last year, suggesting that "as part of Tencent's acquisition of Leyou, a bunch of legal documents were released," including Leyou's original Game License Agreement. for the Lord of the Rings game with Middle-earth Enterprises and the co-development and cooperation agreement with Amazon.”Read also
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The post included the change documents and a production schedule detailing the planning for the MMO, with a first draft of the full game's story and narrative set to be completed on January 11, 2021.
Now, however, an Amazon spokesperson told Bloomberg that following Tencent's acquisition of Leyou, it "has not been able to secure the terms to proceed with this game at this time."
"We love the Lord of the Rings game and are disappointed that we didn't bring this game to customers," the spokesperson said in a statement.
There have been many Lord of the Rings IPs in recent years, including Monolith Production's Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. The next game to be set in JRR Tolkien's fantasy world is The Lord of the Rings: Gollum from Daedalic Entertainment, due for release in 2021.
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