Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings MMORPG Post-mortem Interview

With Amazon now heavily investing into The Lord of the Rings franchise, last year’s cancellation of their The Lord of the Rings MMORPG came very much out of left field. With that in mind, you might be interested in checking out this recent GameSpot interview with Amazon Games’ president Christoph Hartmann that sheds some light on what exactly happened there.

A quick excerpt to get you started:

Hartmann said it might have been possible to work something out to keep developing the Lord of the Rings MMO, but Amazon Games–after negotiations dragged on for a while–opted to cut the game loose.

“The question was, sure, maybe could have worked together with Tencent to do something, but I think we’re too big as companies to really turn into partners doing a property together where they own the license and we develop the game,” Hartmann said. “So we decided it’s better to not work together there. Then we tried to figure something out with both ends, but I think it just dragged on too long.”

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Resident role-playing RPG game expert. Knows where trolls and paladins come from. You must fight for your right to gather your party before venturing forth.

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