Amazon cancels plans for its ‘Lord of the Rings’ game
Amazon has cancelled the Lord of the Rings game it was developing alongside China-based Leyou Technologies.
The tech giant announced plans for the game in 2019. Sources have suggested that Tencentâ€™s acquisition of Leyou in December led to a contract dispute between Amazon and Tencent, which ultimately caused the gameâ€™s cancellation.
A spokesperson for Amazon told Bloomberg that the company has â€œbeen unable to secure terms to proceed with this title at this time. We love the Lord of the Rings IP, and are disappointed that we wonâ€™t be bringing this game to customers.â€
This latest news is another blow to Amazon Game Studios. Since its launch in 2014, the studio has yet to launch a hit.
Its first title, a pirate sim called Breakaway, was cancelled after several months. Amazon did release a free-to-play multiplayer shooter called Crucible in May 2020 but low player counts saw the game returned to beta status and then ultimately shut down in November.
The companyâ€™s next game, the MMORPG New World, was recently delayed once again to August 2021.
Amazon recently opened a new game development studio in Montreal that will focus on creating â€œoriginal AAA games,â€ with its first title being â€œan online multiplayer title based on new IP.â€