According to a report from Bloomberg, Amazon Games Studios announced the developer will not be publishing a Lord Of The Rings online role-playing game. The company originally announced the game back in 2019 as a collaboration with Athlon Games.
“Following Leyou’s recent acquisition by Tencent, we have been unable to secure terms to proceed with this title at this time”, an Amazon spokeswoman said in a statement emailed to Reuters.
Amazon Studios does still plan on creating a Lord Of The Rings TV show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first season alone of the TV show is expected to cost almost $465 million.
The Profit‘s Take:
As a lover of MMOs and a lover of LOTR, this is personally disappointing to see. Amazon continues to bungle their gaming efforts, despite having one of the best properties in Twitch. There seems to be a lack of self-awareness at Amazon. They lack the leadership to build a cohesive and all-encompassing gaming strategy that should be centered around Twitch. As with most big companies, this will likely not get solved anytime soon and the missteps will continue.