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Article: Amazon Cancels "Lord of The Rings" MMORPG

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    Seen this announcement last week sad day for the game but the cost of the series they producing was probably the major factor in this
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    I'd forgotten they were even working on it, as so little information was available! Still sad to see.
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    When I first heard this studio announced years ago, I really expected some Skyrim/Cyberpunk level games.
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    When i heard of the studio first i had mixed feelings. On the one hand, it was an exciting thought to have one of the richest companies in the world get into games development, as the budget for any game they'd make would be virtually limitless. On the other hand, knowing the darker side of Amazon's business ethics. the way they allegedly treat their employees tempered that excitement. Learning the Lord of the Rings MMO would be a micro transaction-based was a dissapointment as it told me Amazon would go the way of the Activision, EA and the likes, milking the player base for every dime they possibly could. Making a good game would be low on their priority list, being money leeches first.
    That the mmo is now cancelled because they couldn't get the contract they wanted is sad in a way, but gives me hope that someone they were nagotiating with stood their ground and refused to give in to the big money carrot on a stick held before them..... If that's the case we'll know if and when a lord of the rings mmo ever gets made.
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    If that's the case we'll know if and when a lord of the rings mmo ever gets made.
    Lord of The Rings Online is celebrating its 14th anniversary, so there's already been one for quite a while. It's getting remastered later this year / early next year to bring it up to date.
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    Lord of The Rings Online is celebrating its 14th anniversary, so there's already been one for quite a while. It's getting remastered later this year / early next year to bring it up to date.
    Now that you mention it, i remember. That is probably a part of the failed negotiations then. Amazon would not want to have a competitor mmorpg. (just guessing here)
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    Honestly I'm not surprised by this, from what I've read, Amazon Game studios is as much a Dumpster fire as Stadia.
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    The problem wasn't actually about the old MMO surprisingly. The new MMO was supposed to take place many years (centuries even) after the events of Lord of the Rings. The problem is that Amazon had a studio working on it that wasn't owned by them and that studio that got snapped up by Tencent. Discussions between Amazon and Tencent broke down and well, no game after that.