Please Amazon, reconcile with Tencent so we can have a Ring of Power MMO

It’s clear from the first panorama of Middle-earth what Amazon is hoping to achieve with its new Lord of the Rings show. The Rings of Power jumps between characters, each representing a different area of ​​the larger Lord of the Rings saga. We have imperial elves inhabiting tree-lined kingdoms that perpetually fall, humans digging up the life of yeomen in thatched-roofed huts, and primitive hobbits rustling berries in lush wild valleys. The camera often pulls back to reveal a sepia map with all of Tolkien’s realms – places that only appear in apocryphal comic books and role-playing games – showing how the Lord of the Rings universe is officially getting rid of Peter Jackson’s limitations can now span countless spinoffs, sequels, and multiple digressions. The franchise era has finally arrived, and it’s hard to watch Ring of Thrones without longing for a fully realized, Bezos-funded Middle-earth MMO.

They have already tried it once. With its nascent gaming division, Amazon is hard at work developing an MMORPG set in the mysterious Second Age, which is when Ring of Thrones takes place. It’s the perfect edge for a video game based on a beloved story — a familiar setting, but a blank slate for storytelling. Other than that, no specific design concept has leaked out, but we’ll probably never hear more about it. The project was cancelled in 2021.