Amazon Game Studios are working on a free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO alongside Chinese publisher Leyou Technologies Holdings. This is in addition to their own MMO, New World, which is still in development. Members working on New World will be involved with the new Lord of the Rings MMO as well.
There already is a Lord of the Rings MMO in existence, Lord of the Rings Online, it is however, an incredibly old game at 12 years old and hasn’t really aged very well. The existing MMO was based on the trilogy while the new Lord of the Rings MMO will apparently be set in a time before the events of the trilogy. It will be interesting to explore Middle-Earth before the events of the movies.
Upon announcement, the question of whether the game has any relation to Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series did come up, but the two are apparently unrelated. Backing that is the fact that the MMO was first announced back in 2018, before Amazon even got involved. This was when Leyou subsidiary Athlon Games actually revealed their partnership with Middle-Earth enterprises for a new LotR MMO.
The new title doesn’t even have a, well, title yet, so chances are, the release date is a ways away.