Though Lord of the Rings Online is still going strong, the MMORPG is also getting a bit long in years, arguably. So perhaps word of a new Lord of the Rings MMO isn’t too much of a surprise. That said, an announcement of plans to develop the new title still came a bit out of left field.
The game in question is coming by way of Athlon Games, a publishing arm of Chinese company Leyou Technologies, which has a piece of the action MMO Warframe. Athlon has entered into a partnership with Middle-earth Enterprises to create the game, which is described as a free-to-play MMO set in the fiction’s universe.
Specifics on what this game will involve are slim, understandably, but the announcement did confirm that the new MMO will take place in the years leading up to the events of the Lord of the Rings series of books. The announcement also promises fans will get a “new, immersive game experience for epic exploration of the Tolkien universe.”
Those are the most salient details as of right now and we expect that there will be a significant span of time between now and any more concrete details on the shape of this new MMO. That said, we’ll be sure to keep eyes on this one as details emerge.
So on the one hand, awesome, new MMO based on one of fiction’s most rich universes! On the other hand, some folks might have more than a bit of trepidation regarding this new publisher and its generally unknown status. In either case, time will have to tell the tale on what this new Lord of the Rings MMO will end up looking like.