WELCOME TO THE TEAM

If you ever want to manage your favourites, change your details or update your marketing preferences, just visit ‘My Account’

Personalise your GGRecon experience so that the information presented is bespoke to your likes
Games
Call of Duty
Fortnite
VALORANT
Apex Legends
Pokemon
FIFA
Roblox
MultiVersus
Overwatch 2
LOL
RL
Elden Ring
Destiny
Streamers
CS:GO
Horror
Trending
Pokemon Go
Lost Ark
Genshin Impact
Entertainment
Slime Rancher 2
TV & Movies
Why Should I Join GGRECON?
Welcome
to the team
Sign Up via Social Media:
Or Sign Up Manually
Select A Country
Already got an account? Login Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

RESET YOUR PASSWORD
Complete!
Success! You’ve reset your password
You’ll now be able to use this password to login successfully
RESET YOUR PASSWORD
RESET YOUR
PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
Email sent! Check your inbox

We’ve sent a link to the email ‘’.

Please follow the instructions in this email
to reset your password

FORGOT PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
Please enter your username so we can send you a link to reset your password
Welcome back to
Enter your details below to log into the GGRecon Site:
Login via Social Media:
Or Login Manually
Not a GGRecon member yet? Sign Up Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

Coming Soon

We're making improvements to your experience, and we'll have new features ready for you in the near future!

Want to be the first to here about it?

Why Should I Join GGRECON?
Complete your sign up
 
Select A Country
Already got an account? Login Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

Amazon Confirms 'Complicated' Reason For Scrapping The Lord Of The Rings MMO

Amazon Confirms 'Complicated' Reason For Scrapping The Lord Of The Rings MMO
New Line Cinema | Amazon

Written by 

Joseph Kime

Posted 

8th Sep 2022 09:00

Though we've seen some great games based on the fantasy giant The Lord of the Rings in the past, we've always known that a defining video game experience has been possible.

Now that we've had Elden Ring, we've seen the potential of the fantasy genre in gaming, and that's even ignoring the influence of The Witcher and The Elder Scrolls - and a giant game where players can explore Middle-earth has been at the top of players' wishlists for a very long time.

This game almost came to fruition, with Amazon and Tencent set to work together to build a bold new Massively Multiplayer Online game based on Tolkien's works - but it didn't come to fruition. And now we know why.

Amazon Claims Working With Tencent Was 'Very Complicated'

Amazon Confirms "Complicated" Reason For Scrapping The Lord Of The Rings MMO
Click to enlarge
New Line Cinema

The reason for the scrapping of the long-awaited, potential-laden The Lord of the Rings MMORPG - and it's because the companies involved were simply too big.

The president of Amazon Games Christoph Hartmann has revealed in a new interview with GameSpot that working alongside Tencent presented the problem of two giants of the industry coming together to build a cohesive game.

 

"We had a deal with a Hong Kong-based company, Leyou; I think it would have been great to work with them. But they later got sold to Tencent and it just got very complicated," he said.

"The question was, sure, maybe could have worked together with Tencent to do something, but I think we're too big as companies to really turn into partners doing a property together where they own the license and we develop the game. So we decided it's better to not work together there. Then we tried to figure something out with both ends, but I think it just dragged on too long."

What's Next For The Lord Of The Rings In Gaming?

If Rings of Power isn't enough to give you your The Lord of the Rings fix, then worry not - because there are still other games set in Middle-earth to tide you over.

The next game set in Tolkien's mythology is The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, a game that was once set to release later this year, but has been pushed back "by a few months" to maintain some polish. We don't have a new solid release date just yet, but chances are it'll be with us early next year.

Any new The Lord of the Rings game is welcome, of course, but it's sad to know that the MMO simply couldn't work out. Maybe next time?

Trending
Sony Explains Why PlayStation Plus Won't Have Day One Releases
Rocksteady Responds To Sexual Harassment Allegations
Will Marvel Games Have Its Own MCU Of Continuity?
Cancelled Jurassic World Game Concept Art Appears Online
Metroid Prime Remake Still Coming In 2022 - Claims Nintendo Insider