A dispute between Amazon and Tencent
We reported Amazon had a Lord of the Rings MMORPG planned for future release, but that is no longer the case. Amazon Game Studios was co-developing the title with Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd, with the latter being purchased by Tencent Holdings Ltd in late 2020.
The cause of the game’s cancellation came down to a dispute in contract negotiations between Amazon and Tencent. A spokesperson states they were “unable to secure terms to proceed” with the game. As a result, the team that worked on the project will be reshuffled to other projects.
“We love the Lord of the Rings IP, and are disappointed that we won’t be bringing this game to customers," said an Amazon spokesperson.
This title is the latest in Amazon's struggles in gaming, with the tech giant yet to have a successful release. Fellow tech giant Google is also undergoing a painful experience in game development. Incoming Amazon CEO Andy Jassy says the company is still commited to its gaming division, stating “I believe this team will get there if we stay focused on what matters most.”
Currently Amazon is developing a Lord of the Rings TV series for its Prime streaming service at a cost of $465 million.