Amazon’s struggling online game enterprise has suffered yet one more setback. In 2019, the firm introduced {that a} Lord of the Rings MMO was in growth for consoles and PC with the assist of Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd. Last December, Leyou was purchased by Tencent, following which a dispute arose between Amazon and the conglomerate, resulting in the recreation’s cancellation.

This information was first revealed by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier. Amazon has formally confirmed that its Lord of the Rings is not any extra. Tencent didn’t supply a remark.

“We have been unable to secure terms to proceed with this title at this time,” mentioned an Amazon spokesperson. “We love the Lord of the Rings IP, and are disappointed that we won’t be bringing this game to customers.”

Bloomberg’s report didn’t reveal what induced the rift. According to Schreier, the “resulting contract negotiations led to a dispute between Amazon and Tencent that eventually caused the game’s cancellation, said people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the issue.”

Amazon Game Studios launched in 2014 however has but to efficiently launch a recreation. Several of its tasks have been cancelled or delayed.

“Tolkien’s Middle-earth is one of the richest fictional worlds in history, and it gives our team of experienced MMO developers — from the same studio developing New World — tremendous opportunity to play and create,” Amazon mentioned again in 2019.

Lord of the Rings MMO was set to be a free-to-play title. Specific platforms had been by no means introduced.

[Source: Bloomberg]