Yesterday Amazon Game Studios revealed a new bit of information that should please fans of The Lord of the Rings. Apparently, the studio is co-developing a new free-to-play MMO game set in J. R. R. Tolkien’s universe. 

While the full game title is yet to be revealed, we already know that it will be designed for PC and console players and should be set in the world of Middle-earth before the events of the book series. 

In a press release signed by Christoph Hartmann, vice president of Amazon Game Studios, the company stated that they are prepared to create a game of the highest quality:

“We’re committed to bringing customers games of the highest quality, both with our own original IP as well as beloved cultural pillars like The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s Middle-earth is one of the richest fictional worlds in history, and it gives our team of experienced MMO developers–from the same studio developing New World–tremendous opportunity to play and create.”

The new MMO will be developed in collaboration with Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited and Middle-earth Enterprises. Amazon will be publishing the title in all western regions while LeyouTechnologies Holdings Limited will lend a helping hand with Chinese publishing. 

There are a considerable amount of video games set in The Lord of the Rings universe. For example, The Lord of the Rings Online is still in active development after its initial launch almost 12 years ago. However, the new game might put the old ones to rest. The developers describe it as an  “AAA experience featuring lands, people and creatures never seen before”.

If you’re trying to figure what inspired Amazon to create this new project you don’t need to look far. Fans of the fantasy genre already know that Amazon is currently working on a new The Lord of the Rings-based TV series that should debut sometime next year. From what we gather, the TV series will be the basis of the new MMO game.

As for now, we have to arm ourselves with patience. We hope to hear more news about the new game in the near future.