Free-To-Play Lord Of The Rings MMO Coming From Athlon Games

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We’re going on another adventure in Middle-Earth, this time courtesy of Athlon Games, the owners of Warframe developer Digital Extremes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Middle-earth Enterprises (who own the rights to most things LOTR) has penned a deal to license the property to Athlon Games for a massively multiplayer online title.

The game will be set “during the years leading to the events of The Lord of the Rings”, and will allow players a “unique opportunity for fellowship and epic exploration.”

The license isn’t just tied to this one game either, so it looks like Athlon will be working on bringing a plethora of Lord of The Rings games to market.

Details are naturally slim but it looks like this game is aiming for AAA production values and will be free-to-play. Beyond that, we won’t know much more until marketing starts.

It seems like we’re in the middle of a revival for The Lord of The Rings with the success of Warner Bros. “Shadow Of” franchise and Amazon’s TV adaptation which is coming soon to a streaming service near you.

This isn’t the first time we’ve had a Lord of The Rings MMO either, what with Standing Stone Games 2007 output The Lord of the Rings Online (which is still going!) Hopefully this title can build on that foundation for modern hardware.