We’re years away from an open beta for Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings MMO

    
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We’re years away from an open beta for Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings MMO

How far away is the next Lord of the Rings MMORPG? Years, fam, so get comfy where you are.

The news comes via Wccftech, which dug up documents relating to the Tencent buyout of Leyou Technologies, which is working with Amazon on the new game. For example, a game license amendment from a year ago lays out an entire production schedule, with a first pass on race and class art for this past June, a draft of the storyline by this coming January, a playable prototype by next June, followed by a closed beta next September and an open beta as far off as January 2023.

As Wccftech notes, however, it’s extremely likely that this production schedule has been amended many times since, and then more thanks to the pandemic that’s mucked up timelines for games across the globe. Still, it’s a peek into what the plans originally were, and it explains some of the job descriptions Amazon’s posted along the way.

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Source: Leyou via Wccftech

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teppic

I think by then lotro will unfortunately have become a pretty dead game that just releases reused assets as mini expansions to milk the last few dedicated players, so effectively the new MMO will have no competition.

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Gipfeli

swg wants to have a word with you

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MilitiaMasterV

Will it matter? It’s just going to be another thing begging you for money, from a trillion dollar company that doesn’t need any more money. It’s not going to be about having fun/creating a good re-telling of the story. I don’t expect much to come of this…

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latorn

We know so little.. If the devs are passionate without a ton of overhead from Amazon as a publisher they may prove you wrong. Once again however, not only do we know little about the game, we know little about how amazon dev studios function.

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latorn

Nevermind, totally skimmed over the part showing tencent had it’s grubby fingers in it. It’s fraked LOL.

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MM-DD-YYYY

It can’t be worse than current joke that is LOTRO. That game is so bad currently that very little effort is required to make something better.

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MilitiaMasterV

I keep my hope for hype low on purpose. That way I can’t really be sorely disappointed, and if things do turn out awesome, I can be horribly horribly wrong and glad of it. Pessimist viewpoint on life…

This and the Dune MMO are a few of the things I would love to prove me wrong about…but I’m not holding my breath…

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Bruno Brito

Tencent is one of the best owners there is. I don’t know where you think they do a worse job than Activision or EA.

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Adam Russell

People playing New World talk well of it.

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Cymek

I heard in some parts of the world, this is referred to as vaporware.

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NeoWolf

At this point it is the golden snitch of my MMO anticipation.. but you know.. its Amazon.

So expectations are being forcibly tempered. :)

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Amorey

Well at least you are not waiting alone ;) <3

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camren_rooke

Love that link.

I find myself slowly headed into this category where news of upcoming games and mmos may just put their go live dates out of my telomere’s reach.

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Tanek

For this and many other reasons I find it silly that people over in LOTRO are already separating into camps either worried that Amazon’s LotR game will kill LOTRO or gleefully predicting the same.

Not only is the game years away, not only do we know nothing about what format it will take, not only do we have no clue whether it will be any good…even getting to the point of learning any of the above details is a best case scenario where the whole thing is not scrapped between now and then.

I mean, sure keep an eye on the news, but it is waaaaaay to early to mourn or celebrate any effect the game may eventually have.

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Vanquesse V

I wish it wasn’t so, but Standing Stone are more likely to kill LotRO before this ever becomes playable than Amazon’s LotR killing it.
Also Neverwinter didn’t kill DDO, so why should this kill LotRO?

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Tanek

Exactly. Even if Amazon’s game does see the light of day, and even if LOTRO has not yet collapsed under the weight of its own server tech, the games will likely be as different from each other as Neverwinter and DDO.

At least I understand the people who are using the opportunity to sneer at LOTRO and happily predict doom. They just want to troll and cause trouble. I don’t like it, but I get it. For those who like LOTRO, though, why waste energy worrying or fighting trolls? Just enjoy what we have while we have it, no matter how laggy it is. :P

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Adam Russell

Its always like that when fans see competition that might draw guildies away from the raid team.