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Amazon Reportedly Cancels Lord of the Rings MMO

Amazon's Lord of the Rings MMORPG is no more.
Amazon's Lord of the Rings MMORPG is no more. / Ivan Romano/Getty Images

Amazon has canceled the Lord of the Rings MMORPG it first announced in 2019, per a Bloomberg report published Saturday.

Amazon Game Studios had been developing the game with Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd., a Chinese studio that Tencent Holdings purchased in December. That purchase caused a contract negotiation dispute between Amazon and Tencent, reports Bloomberg. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed it was unable to reach an agreement with Tencent, leading to the game's cancellation.

Amazon Game Studios employees who had been working on the game will move to other projects.

The cancellation is the latest in an increasing list of defeats for Amazon Game Studios. Two of the studio's games, Breakaway and Crucible, have been canceled outright. New World, the company's colonial MMO, has seen multiple delays. It is currently set for release in spring.

Previous Bloomberg reporting attributed the studio's failures to mismanagement at the executive level.

Amazon is currently working on a TV series based on Lord of the Rings, with a $1 billion, five-season commitment making the show the most expensive in the history of TV production.