Developer Athlon Games Reveal F2P Middle-earth MMORPG

Hong Kong based publisher Leyou Technologies recently revealed they are working on a free-to-play Middle-earth-inspired MMORPG. The studio announced a parternship agreement with  Middle-earth Enterprises to develop an official MMORPG set prior to the events of The Lord of the Rings.

Developer Athlon Games and publisher Leyou Technologies didn’t reveal any details regarding the title, not even an official name. However, they described the game’s setting, and promise players to deliver a “new, immersive game experience for epic exploration of the Tolkien universe.” Here is a brief description of the title and a background on Athlon Games as a studio.

Athlon Games is partnering with Middle-earth Enterprises, to develop and publish a free-to-play massively multiplayer online video game based on The Lord of the Rings, the landmark fantasy literary work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Set in the world of Middle-earthTM during the years leading to the events of The Lord of the Rings, the game will provide Middle-earth fans throughout the world with a new, immersive game experience for epic exploration of the Tolkien universe.

Who we are: Athlon Games is a global developer and publisher of free-to-play console and PC games. Our headquarters are in Burbank, with offices in London and Beijing. Athlon Games Inc. is a subsidiary of Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited.

Our Philosophy: Our goal is to create AAA cooperative console and PC experiences that gamers will want to play for many years. We believe great games come from great communities where everyone has a voice. We believe our games should be of the highest quality, created by the industry’s best global talent. We believe our games should surprise and delight our fans – every day, week, month, year and beyond.

Our Approach to Games:

  • Built to Last: We make games that players will want to play for many years where there is always something new to discover – every day, week, month and year
  • Quality is in our DNA: Created by the industry’s best global talent, our games feature high quality, immersive worlds with unmatched gameplay for beginners and veterans
  • Community First:  Every game we make is a unique collaboration between the developer and the game’s community

Are you excited about a Middle-Earth MMORPG?

[Source: official press release]