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Amazon Cancels Its Lord of the Rings-Based MMORPG | MMORPG.com

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imageAmazon Cancels Its Lord of the Rings-Based MMORPG | MMORPG.com

Bloomberg has reported this morning that Amazon and Leyou Technologies Holdings have canceled the in-the-works Lord of the Rings MMORPG, citing a dispute in contract negotiations from Tecent's recent purchase of Leyou.

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  • AlverantAlverant Member RarePosts: 1,240
    Another failed MMO from Amazon. It's like making a good game is HARD or something.
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  • varno78varno78 Newbie CommonPosts: 4

    Alverant said:

    Another failed MMO from Amazon. It's like making a good game is HARD or something.



    It honestly looks like Tencent's recent acquisition is the wrench that eventually scuttled this game. I mean, Amazon is something of a mess of a game developer/publisher lately... but still. Woulda loved to see more Middle-Earth video games coming our way... atleast ones that aren't centered around Gollum.. ugh.
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  • achesomaachesoma Member RarePosts: 1,433
    Is there a reason Amazon had to partner with Leyou? Can't they just make the game themselves?

  • DeadGenreDeadGenre Newbie CommonPosts: 7
    Are there even any screen shots of this game? Not sure it even made it past prototyping.
  • GroqstrongGroqstrong Member RarePosts: 599

    Alverant said:

    Another failed MMO from Amazon. It's like making a good game is HARD or something.



    Calling a MMO failed when its just barely got to the drawing board. ok.
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  • IselinIselin Member LegendaryPosts: 15,531
    achesoma said:
    Is there a reason Amazon had to partner with Leyou? Can't they just make the game themselves?
    Leyou was the one who negotiated the rights with Middle Earth Enterprises and worked on it for a year before Amazon came on board to co-develop and publish everywhere except China.
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  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 37,666

    Alverant said:

    Another failed MMO from Amazon. It's like making a good game is HARD or something.



    Calling a MMO failed when its just barely got to the drawing board. ok.
    They announced they had started making it, now they are stopping.

    Seems like the very definition of project failure which btw isn't always a bad thing as many need to have the plug pulled sooner rather than later.


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  • texhnolyzetexhnolyze Member UncommonPosts: 16
    What about the old LOTRO graphical upgrade? Is it a totally different project and still coming?
  • AlomarAlomar Member RarePosts: 1,269
    Jeez, I know it was a long way off and with Amazon's track record nothing to hold your breath over....but with the Western mmo market being so stale the idea of returning to Middle Earth was very appealing. Need a Lotro 2.0 now
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  • Gobstopper3DGobstopper3D Member RarePosts: 910


    What about the old LOTRO graphical upgrade? Is it a totally different project and still coming?



    Yes, Lotro is still going. I don't know about a graphical upgrade though. It does have a 64 bit client and will use DX11 I think. Can't say past that.
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  • AndrewGoatAndrewGoat Member UncommonPosts: 149
    This is really sad, I felt like this was going to be like Gandalf coming over the horizon at Helm's Deep to help save the genre. New World better hope it does gangbusters, because if it does anything less than gangbusters, we know Amazon will slit its throat like a nameless orc.
  • foppoteefoppotee Member UncommonPosts: 352
    Well Amazon's gaming record is spotty at best & having Tencent involved wasn't doing any positive reinforcement for me. It would've been nice to have a LotR mmorpg coincide along with Amazon's LotR series if that was going to be the case, but oh well. Perhaps it was bitter sweet to cancel it now rather than a wasted investment later.
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  • laseritlaserit Member LegendaryPosts: 6,427
    edited April 17
    Another one bites the dust


    I've lost confidence in Amazon Game Studios
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  • TwistedSister77TwistedSister77 Member RarePosts: 795
    edited April 17
    foppotee said:
    Well Amazon's gaming record is spotty at best & having Tencent involved wasn't doing any positive reinforcement for me. It would've been nice to have a LotR mmorpg coincide along with Amazon's LotR series if that was going to be the case, but oh well. Perhaps it was bitter sweet to cancel it now rather than a wasted investment later.
    I agree fully, Amazon has yet to make a successful game.  Tencent gobbles studios.

    I'd rather another studio take the IP mantle to give Middle Earth the game it deserves.  

    Sad, because that may be many years from now. :'(
  • AlbatroesAlbatroes Member LegendaryPosts: 7,565
    lol and people have faith in New World
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  • TwistedSister77TwistedSister77 Member RarePosts: 795
    edited April 17
    Well Tencent 100% owns Funcom, laugh at me if you will... but I'd rather Funcom Norwegian studio develop it than Amazon Studios.

    MMORPG experience + Survival game experience...  and they mostly honored the lore of REH in Age of Conan... and the lore for The Secret World.
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  • GroqstrongGroqstrong Member RarePosts: 599

    Kyleran said:





    Alverant said:


    Another failed MMO from Amazon. It's like making a good game is HARD or something.






    Calling a MMO failed when its just barely got to the drawing board. ok.


    They announced they had started making it, now they are stopping.

    Seems like the very definition of project failure which btw isn't always a bad thing as many need to have the plug pulled sooner rather than later.





    What we know now the average time frame for AAA mmos is 7+ years, this was just announced last year, barely in its infancy. I think this would more fall in line with a failed business dealing that an failed mmo.
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  • WizardryWizardry Member LegendaryPosts: 18,890
    This is a good omen in disguise.I don't want another half assed game trying to cash in on a popular brand IP.
    If Amazon had any confidence in themselves they would just make a AAA game without paying any added licensing fees or trying to use someone else's popular brand.

    Create YOUR own brand,a title that years later people are saying AMAZON made that great game.

    Developing a game is VERY difficult for studios now a days,they all are making the same mistakes,looking for some gimmick to cash in with a cash shop.

    I don't want anything to do with Tencent or PW or LOTR for that matter,i want a AAA open world interactive game,you don't need a brand IP to pull that off.
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  • TokkenTokken Member RarePosts: 2,672
    Alverant said:
    Another failed MMO from Amazon. It's like making a good game is HARD or something.
    I'd settle for a somewhat good game by any studio right now. 
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  • FinvegaFinvega Member UncommonPosts: 226
    It's a good thing. Now Bezos will have more time to dedicate to yellow journalism at the Washington Post.
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  • KumaponKumapon Member RarePosts: 1,393
    At this rate, I’ll be more surprised if New World actually launches than if it doesn’t.
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  • GeekyGeeky Member UncommonPosts: 408
    Smeadley!
  • mgilbrtsnmgilbrtsn Member EpicPosts: 3,382
    A shame.  I love the lore, but didn't like the current game.  Would have been nice to have another chance.
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  • RemaliRemali Member RarePosts: 636
    This is sad news as I have no interest in new world but I would love a new LOTR mmo to play.
    Lotro was a great game but it has not aged well a new entry in that universe if done well would be a dream come true
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  • angerbeaverangerbeaver Member UncommonPosts: 1,131
    I was a lifer with LOTRO and the game is crazy boring for a long time now. They also included terrible mechanics like Big Battles and war steeds which were used to sell an expansion/DLC and then forgotten.

    I was really hoping to see Amazon revitalize a Middle Earth world with new polish. Ah well :(
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