Popular TV shows breathe life intro franchises in interesting ways. Just look at how many people are buying chess sets or playing it online thanks to The Queen’s Gambit, a popular show on Netflix.
It looks like Lord of the Rings Online wants to capitalise on Amazon’s upcoming TV show, and has a bunch of updates planned to make the game more appealing. These include “visual and technical updates” for LOTRO, both on PC and next-gen consoles.
The upgrades are planned for 2022, with the TV show aiming to air next year. The show is set in the Second Age of Middle-Earth, making it a prequel to the movies.
Amazon Game Studios is also co-developing a Lord of the Rings MMO with Athlon Games, so soon there will be more Middle-Earth MMO than you can shake a hobbit at. What do you mean I shouldn’t shake the hobbits?