Athlon Games - a subsidiary of Leyou, who also owns Digital Extremes - has just announced that they've signed an agreement with Middle-earth Enterprises to create an online-focused game based on the Lord of the Rings franchise, although we don't yet know what studio has been commissioned to create the game, that's set "at a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings."
"It's a singular opportunity to work closely with Middle-earth Enterprises to create a completely new experience for fans of the landmark fantasy work of J.R.R. Tolkien, and we are excited about the resurgence of interest in The Lord of the Rings IP," commented Athlon Games' president Dave Miller. "This, along with several other major properties Athlon is working with, will help us to further our goal of creating AAA cooperative console and PC experiences that gamers will want to play for years to come. We are extremely pleased to work with Athlon Games to create a new, immersive game experience, exploring epic regions in Middle-earth during the years leading to the events of The Lord of the Rings."
"We believe in Athlon Games' model to collaborate closely with Western developers to implement incredibly successful live services, while also giving its partners the autonomy they need to develop outstanding game experiences," added Alex Xu, CEO of Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited. "At Leyou, we've seen great success implementing this strategy with other titles, such as Warframe. Now we can expand our footprint in the West with Athlon Games."
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