Amazon’s biggest gamble in the entertainment space would have to be its upcoming “The Lord of the Rings” prequel series which it’s producing for its Amazon Prime Video service. With the show expected to come in at a cost of around a half-billion dollars for its first few seasons – it is definitely not a cheap venture.
Today comes word from The Verge that the company’s game division is developing a massive multiplayer online game that will be free-to-play for both PC and consoles. Amazon Game Studios and Athlon Games are producing the title which is developing separately from the TV series, but like the show is set in a time “long before the events of The Lord of the Rings, exploring lands, people and creatures never seen before by fans of the Tolkien universe.”
When exactly isn’t clear. The show has been set for the Second Age of Middle Earth, centuries before ‘Rings’ in an age which ended with the battle on the slopes of Mount Doom that defeated Sauron at the start of “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” film. There are no details yet on when Amazon expects to release the new game.
Numerous “Lord of the Rings” games have been made over the years, from the still being updated “The Lord of the Rings Online” to the more recent “Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor” and its sequel.