The Lord of the Rings Franchise has undergone a lot of changes lately. First, we got the Power Series Rings which is not going very well. During this period, group of kissers acquired Middle Earth and the Lord of the Rings. Lord of the Rings: Gollum has been delayed. And now new information has been revealed about the cancellation Lord of the Rings MMO game.
So why was The Lord of the Rings MMO cancelled?
A new preview has been provided for preserves The Lord of the Rings MMO after that he was well into the middle of his development. The company confirmed in last april than the free-to-play console and PC title that was in co-development with athlon gamesan American subsidiary of Leyou Technologies based in Hong Kong had been struck off.
But what led to the cancellation of an MMO game that had been in the works for years and was nearing its final stages in development? An overview was provided via a Bloomberg Report which states that the cancellation of the game was the direct result of a dispute between the two conglomerates, Amazon and Tencentwho acquired Leyou back in December 2020.
But that’s not the only reason for the cancellation. It was in a play area interview this Amazon Games President Christoph Hartmann made it clear that Lord of the Rings licensee Middle-earth Enterprises exercised a clause in its contract which stated that the company would be allowed to terminate its rights agreement in the event that either partner was acquired by another entity.
We had an agreement with a Hong Kong-based company, Leyou; I think it would have been great to work with them. But then they were sold to Tencent and it got very complicated. –Hartman
And after that, the plans for the Lord of the Rings MMO were never the same. Hartmann said things were starting to get very complicated. Amazon tried to explore new ways to continue the project with Tencent, but it never quite worked out. Unfortunately, Amazon decided to pull out after failing in negotiations.
The problem was that the two companies were too large and too complex to work together on a single project. This introduced many complications into the mix that have not been discussed. Maybe Tencent and Amazon had different directions, reviews, and opinions on the content implementations made in the Lord of the Rings MMO. Unfortunately, we will never really know the truth.
Both companies did their best to continue development and efforts on the now canned Lord of the Rings MMO, but unfortunately things dragged on too long and both companies decided it was best to finally put the game on. project in envelope.
The question was, of course, maybe we could have worked with Tencent to do something, but I think we’re too big as a company to really become partners doing ownership together where they own the license and we are developing the game.
So we decided it was better not to work together there. Then we tried to come up with something with both ends, but I think it just dragged on too long – Hartmann
The now canceled MMO game Lord of The Rings was originally announced in 2018 by Athlon Games and Middle Earth Companies.
Athlon Games said at the time that it was working closely with a partner developer to develop an online game that was set long before the events of Lord of the Rings. Players would have the chance to explore the lands, interact with the people of the world, and see creatures never before seen by fans of the Tolkien’s Universe.
Even though Amazon was co-developing the title, Amazon Games would have handled the marketing and publishing of the game globally, except for China which was reportedly exclusively managed by Hong Kong-based Leyou.
We’ll never know what the game would have had in store for us, but we can assume it could have been either the best take on Lord of the Rings in online MMO form, or just your run-of-the-mill MMO. .
The future of Lord of the Rings games?
It was back in July 2022 this Embrace the band take a strong interest in The Lord of the Rings franchise and initiated an acquisition deal for Middle-earth businesses and The Lord of the Rings series.
Embracer Group probably saw a desperate seller and rushed to buy the franchise and the business at the right time. The Embracer Group CEO, Lars Wingefors had this to say about the acquisition.
I’m excited to welcome an incredible group of entrepreneur-led companies to the Embracer family and expand our portfolio with some truly remarkable IPs and franchises, including The Lord of the Rings,”
It is encouraging that our group has become a natural and preferred buyer of creative, growing and profitable games and entertainment businesses. – Lars Wingefors, CEO of Embracer Group
The deal will essentially hand over the keys to Embracer Group for “an extensive catalog of intellectual property and worldwide rights to films, video games, board games, merchandising, theme parks and stage productions related to literary works. iconic fantasy The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit by JRR Tolkien”
Embracer Group will be granted exclusive access to develop video game products, theme parks and movies for The Lord of the Rings and Middle-earth franchise, but one thing is missing from the deal and that is the rights. on the works of JRR Tolkien. The rights to the books and any publishing contract with them remain with Tolkien’s Domain and HarperCollins.
Whether it be The Unfinished Tales of Numenor, the Silmarillion and Middle-earth, all will remain in the hands of the Estate and HarperCollins but Embracer Group does not want to give up so easily. The band said they were also interested in publishing deals and for that very reason a clause was inserted that allowed the Embracer band to match the rights to these works. If someone makes an offer to Tolkien’s Domain that it cannot refuse, Embracer Group has the discretion to match any of the offers made to the owners of the publications.
As to what Tencent is so far, things seem to be going well for the company. The Chinese conglomerate recently entered into a major strategic partnership with Ubisoft this week. It will allow Tencent to acquire a stake in from Ubisoft family holding company which will potentially allow Tencent to doubt its participation in the Assassin’s Creed editor. This agreement also includes the development of mobile tiles for several of Ubisoft’s main franchises.
Although the Lord of the Rings MMO is cancelled, things still look pretty bright for the future as Private Division had entered a Contract with Weta Workshop for the development of an untitled Lord of the Rings game set in the Middle-earth universe.
We are thrilled to partner with Wētā Workshop to publish a game set in such an extraordinary and celebrated universe.
The Lord of the Rings IP is home to so many remarkable stories, and no entity is better equipped than the team at Wētā Workshop to create a distinct new gameplay experience in Middle-earth. – Head of Private Division Michael Worosz.
So what do you think of the falling out between Tencent and Amazon Games over their canceled Lord of the Rings project? Would you like to see another Lord of the Rings MMO in the future set in the Middle-earth universe? Let us know in the comments below. We upload daily to Appuals, so stay tuned for more. In the meantime, see you later and goodbye.