Bad news for 'Lord of the Rings' fans: the game studios da Amazon canceled one RPG online based on the franchise. The game, which had been announced in 2019, was scheduled for PCs and consoles and would be free-to-play, that is, free with microtransactions.
News of the cancellation was reported by Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier. When announced, the project was being developed by Amazon Game Studios in partnership with Athlon Games. The idea was to create an online RPG that would take place before the events portrayed in the books and films of the saga 'The Lord of the Rings', exploring lands, people and unknown creatures from fans of the Tolkien universe.
But things did not go as planned, and, with a recent conflict between Amazon and Tencent, the game ended up having production stopped. The problem, according to The Verge, is that Tencent's Chinese conglomerate acquired Leyou, owner of Athlon Games, in December, making it difficult to continue development.
'Lord of the Rings' is another one for Amazon's list of failures
Amazon has tried since 2014 to conquer space in the world of games, but it can't. Amazon Game Studios will complete 7 years of life without having released a single game - or, at least, a successful game.
Amazon came to launch in 2019 a game based on “The Grand Tour”, but the reception from critics and the public was terrible, which caused the game to be removed from digital stores. In addition to it, a series of other projects were stopped from developing: “Crucible” was made available in March 2020 in a trial version, but the servers were shut down six months later without leaving much homesickness.
Despite the stumbles, Amazon guarantees that it remains committed to becoming a gaming giant: the company's next CEO, Andy Jassy, reinforced in an email sent to employees that, despite the challenges faced by the team, Amazon continues to bet on games .