Amazon cancels long-anticipated Lord of the Rings video game
By Bob Garcia
The video game was first announced two years ago
In 2019, Amazon’s video game division had announced a future release of an online role-playing game based on the Lord of the Rings fantasy series. Since then, many gamers have been eagerly awaiting the official date, but it looks like those dreams have just been dashed after its cancellation was recently confirmed. Amazon Game Studios had joined forces with China-based Leyou Technologies Holdings (acquired by Tencent Holdings in late 2020) to develop this game, but this will no longer be the case.
As indicated, the main reason for this news is due to disputes between Amazon and Tencent regarding contract negotiations. “Following Tencent’s recent acquisition of Leyou, we have not been able to secure terms to continue with this title at this time,” said an Amazon spokesperson.
It was made clear that the Amazon team will now shift its focus to other projects in order to continue to meet the needs of its users. Since Amazon Games Studio went public in 2014, it has had serious trouble achieving great success through a video game. This is not the first time a similar situation has happened and that leaves much to be desired. Such is the case with Crucible and Breakaway, which were also canceled, and other games like New World, which have suffered constant delays. It seems that this division of Amazon games has had many ups and downs due to mismanagement, and cultural clashes between the developers and the principles behind Amazon.
Andy Jassy, Amazon’s incoming CEO, said earlier this year that he has a strong commitment to this division and will do whatever it takes to make it a success.