Amazon, Embracer strike deal to make Lord of the Rings video game

Amazon, Embracer strike deal to make Lord of the Rings video game
The Hobbiton Movie Set, a location for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogy, is pictured in Matamata, New Zealand on Dec 27, 2020.
PHOTO: Reuters

IRVINE, California - and Swedish game developer Embracer Group have agreed to develop and publish a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game based on fantasy series The Lord of the Rings, the companies said on Monday (May 15).

The game, which is in the early stages of development, will be set in Middle-earth, featuring stories of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings literary trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien, according to the companies.

The popularity for MMO titles that support a large number of players simultaneously surged during the Covid-19 pandemic, and has stayed strong.

Video game publisher Electronic Arts also launched its mobile game The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth earlier this month.

Amazon and Embracer said on Monday they will publish the game globally for PCs and consoles, and said that additional details, including the launch timing, will be shared at a later date.

Earlier in 2021, Amazon had cancelled an online role-playing game based on The Lord of the Rings, which was announced in 2019.

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