Athlon Games has announced that it will be partnering with Middle-earth Enterprises, to develop and publish a free-to-play massively multiplayer online video game based on The Lord of the Rings, the landmark fantasy literary work of J.R.R. Tolkien.
The game will be set in the world of Middle-earth during the years leading to the events of The Lord of the Rings, and aims to provide Middle-earth fans throughout the world with a new, immersive game experience for epic exploration of the Tolkien universe.
According to the press release, the development and publishing of this new title based on The Lord of the Rings will help further the Group’s goal of creating top quality console and PC games that have global appeal and expand the Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited’s footprint in the West.
Middle-earth Enterprises is a division of The Saul Zaentz Company with headquarters located in Berkeley, California. Middle-earth Enterprises owns exclusive worldwide rights to motion picture, merchandising, stage and other rights in certain literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien, including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Middle-earth Enterprises has been producing and licensing films, merchandise and stage productions based on these Tolkien works for more than forty years.
Unfortunately we don’t have any additional information about this new LOTR MMO game, and there isn’t any ETA on when it will be out. We’ll be sure though to keep you posted!
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