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Lord of the Rings MMO has been cancelled due to an ongoing dispute between Amazon and Tencent

The planned Lord of the Rings MMO has been cancelled due to an ongoing dispute between Amazon and Tencent, according to a report.

The game was to be set “at a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings, exploring lands, people and creatures never seen before by fans of the Tolkien universe,” according to an announcement from Athlon at the time. But Leyou was acquired by Tencent Holdings in December, and an Amazon spokesperson said in an email to The Verge that the company was “unable to secure terms to proceed with this title at this time.”

“We love the Lord of the Rings IP, and are disappointed that we won’t be bringing this game to customers,” they added.

The Amazon team developing the game is reportedly due to be moved to other projects.

In case you don't remember, the latter was acquired by Tencent at the end of December 2020, paying an approximate amount of $ 1.5 billion dollars. The latter also gave the owner of Riot Games and other studios owning franchises like Warframe.

This news brings Amazon Game Studios’ number of cancelled titles to three. The studio has not released a game since it opened in 2014.

Athlon said at the time it was working with a “partner developer” to create an online game set “long before the events of The Lord of the Rings, exploring lands, people and creatures never seen before by fans of the Tolkien universe”.

In addition to co-developing the title, Amazon Game Studios was set to market and publish the game globally except for China, which would be managed by Leyou.

Amazon Game Studios VP Christoph Hartmann said in 2019: “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.

But Amazon’s incoming CEO Andy Jassy said in response that he’s committed to the video games division, which launched under outgoing CEO and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who is stepping down as CEO later this year. “I believe this team will get there if we stay focused on what matters most,” Jassy said.

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