Athlon Games announced they are working on a project of an online game based on the Lord Of The Rings universe. They also disclosed an agreement between the console and PC publisher with Middle-earth Enterprises for the license of using Lord Of The Rings world for a new online game whose actions would take place before the events in the books/movies.
“It’s a singular opportunity to work closely with Middle-earth Enterprises to create a completely new experience for fans of the landmark fantasy work of J.R.R. Tolkien, and we are excited about the resurgence of interest in The Lord of the Rings IP,” stated Dave Miller, the president of Athlon Games.
“This, along with several other major properties Athlon is working with, will help us to further our goal of creating AAA cooperative console and PC experiences that gamers will want to play for years to come,” Miller added.
The new Lord Of The Rings game would be a “multi-year online” one
The announcement didn’t say much about the upcoming new Lord Of The Rings online game, but given the fact that Athlon Games’ parent company Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited has “deep expertise with free-to-play game design” could be a signal that we’re talking about a free game, most likely monetized with in-game purchases.
As for Athlon Games, this is a new studio based out of Los Angeles with no games in its portfolio, yet. However, since Leyous Technologies Holdings Limited operates it, we should expect them to come up with some great titles.
“We believe in Athlon Games’ model to collaborate closely with Western developers to implement incredibly successful live services, while also giving its partners the autonomy they need to develop outstanding game experiences,” stated Alex Xu, Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited CEO.
On the other hand, the studio offered no further details on the new Lord Of The Rings online game.