Amazon Game Studios is working on a Lord of the Rings game

The new game will be based on the original books and not the movie trilogy. Credit New Line Cinema

With Lord of the Rings getting the Amazon TV treatment, perhaps it is not that surprising that a game is being made as well. Amazon has been trying to get into the game development business for the past few years but so far it's released only a couple of games, the most recent of which was a bad Top Gear racing game.

About Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited (1089.HK) is principally engaged in the development and publishing of online multiplayer PC and console video games. It has studios in San Diego and Orange County, California, and at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle. The massive and immersive game is said to take players beyond what J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about in the original trilogy. Apparently, Amazon has partnered with Leyou Technologies and Middle-earth Enterprises to make a new free-to-play MMO set in the Lord of the Rings universe.

Additionally, Leyou also owns Athlon Games, who previously announced its own Lord of the Rings project previous year.

And while that's certainly exciting, and could possibly give Amazon an edge in the coming streaming wars, the show isn't the only LOTR-related project Amazon is involved with. The partnership between Amazon and Athlon Games, owned by holding company Leyou.

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The untitled "Lord of the Rings" game will be a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game - a genre popularised by titles like "World of Warcraft" and "Everquest". Amazon is developing the title in collaboration with Hong Kong-based Leyou. This is the same project that was announced by Athlon Games, a Leylou subsidiary.

The e-commerce giant's film and television division, Amazon Studios, is also working on an original series based on Lord of the Rings. Amazon is also working on its first MMO named New World.

The Amazon Game Studios leadership team includes veteran developers who helped create of some of the world's most popular MMO games.

Interestingly, there already is a MMO based on The Lord of the Rings: the PC-only The Lord of the Rings Online.

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