Lord of the Rings MMO Canceled in Tencent Dispute

Another of Amazon.com Inc.’s games has now faced the butcher’s block. The talented but struggling video game division of the mammoth company has cancelled its planned MMO. The game was to be based on the fantasy series Lord of the Rings and was announced back in 2019. This is not to be confused with the already running The Lord of The Rings Online by Standing Stone Games LLC.

The new game had been in development at Amazon Game Studios alongside Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd. Which is Tencent Holdings Ltd company they purchased in December. The contract negotiations led to a dispute between Amazon and Tencent that eventually led to the promising game being cancelled as of April 17th, 2021.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that after Tencent’s acquisition of Leyou, “we have been unable to secure terms to proceed with this title at this time.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-17/amazon-cancels-lord-of-the-rings-game-announced-two-years-ago

The development team that worked on the game will be moved to other projects. “We love the Lord of the Rings IP, and are disappointed that we won’t be bringing this game to customers,” the spokesperson for the Seattle-based company said in a statement.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-17/amazon-cancels-lord-of-the-rings-game-announced-two-years-ago

This cancellation of the Lord of the Rings MMO is just another in a growing line of cancelled games from Amazon. The Grand Tour game 2019 was the first console game the company released since its founding in 2012. The division was known for making mobile and phone games before that.

The company has cancelled a number of previously announced games like Nova, Intensity and Breakaway. In addition, they cancelled Crucible which was made infamous by going into releasing going back into closed beta then being cancelled. Their only known project and most promising project New World has also been delayed multiple times. With people speculating it imminent cancellation as well.

https://www.newworld.com/en-us#ags-MediaPopup

Amazon owns the popular streaming service, Twitch, but its video game division has been floundering for years. There have been claims of mismanagement and cultural clashes between game developers and the company’s principles.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you surprised? Did you look forward to the Lord of the Rings MMO? Let me know in the comments section below and stay tuned for more from Lv1 Gaming!

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