Amazon Cans LOTR MMO, Genshin Impact for PS5

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Amazon cancels Lord of the Rings project

Amazon Game Studios has cancelled yet another major project: Their online Lord of the Rings game.

Amazon is yet to produce a single successful game

The project was a collaboration between Amazon Game Studios and the Chinese company Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd, which has just been acquired by Tencent. It seems like the Lord of the Rings project is a casualty of the acquisition.

Unacceptable terms: The two parties seem to have been unable to renegotiate the contract to mutual satisfaction, and the team working on the Lord of the Rings project will move on to other projects.

Not the first: ”We love the Lord of the Rings IP, and are disappointed that we won’t be bringing this game to customers,” said the Seattle-based team. This is just the latest in a string of failed game projects cancelled by Amazon Game Studios.

Which Megaman-inspired rock band was on Rock Band 4’s initial setlist?

a) Armcannon
b) The Megas
c) Mega Ran
d) The Protomen

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

No fun to be parodied by Electronic Arts

EA’s The Simpsons Game had such a straightforward name because it was intended to be a blank slate for the brand as a videogame series.

The Simpsons Game released in October 2007

The action platformer was full of parodies of other videogames, like EA’s own Medal of Honor – but not everyone was thrilled about the prospect of being lampooned by EA and many of the parodies had to be removed after other companies complained.

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

Wonder Boy is back in Monster World

Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World is a remake of Monster World IV from 1994 and it’s out this week, alongside Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…. If you’re more into sports than Japanese game remakes, MLB The Show 21 and MotoGP 21 is also out this week.

Monster World IV released in 1994 for Mega Drive

Tuesday – April 20th

  • MLB The Show 21 for PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX

Thursday – April 22nd

  • Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack for PC, NS, PS4
  • MotoGP 21 for PC, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Stadia
  • ScourgeBringer for PS4, PSVita
  • Smelter for PC, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World for PC, NS, PS4
  • Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife for PC, Droid

Friday – April 23rd

  • Judgment for PS5, XSX, Stadia
  • Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… for PC, PS4, XBO

13 new videogame tree ornaments

Hallmark's Keepsake Ornaments collection will be expanded with 13 videogame ornaments this year, based on classic series like Super Mario, Pokémon, Sonic and The Legend of Zelda.

A very Merry Mario to all this holiday season

The flagship ornament will be the Super Nintendo console, a tiny recreation of the US version of the SNES, complete with controllers and a tiny Super Mario World cartridge. Here's the full list:

  • Caped Mario – Super Mario World
  • Personalised Mario – Super Mario
  • Enderman – Minecraft
  • Pixel Link – The Legend of Zelda
  • Pixel Zelda – The Legend of Zelda
  • Sonic & Tails – Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Knuckles – Sonic the Hedgehog
  • King Mickey – Kingdom Hearts
  • Sub Zero – Mortal Kombat
  • Charizard – Pokémon
  • Donkey Kong – Mario Kart
  • Crackshot – Fortnite

Gamer vibes: It's not the first time Hallmark tugs on the heartstrings of gamers: Last year's collection featured the original NES console. Some of this year's collection will go on sale from July 10th, while the full line will be available on October 2nd.

Which Megaman-inspired rock band was on Rock Band 4’s initial setlist?

ANSWER: The Protomen!

There is a darkness this city can’t hide…

There are loads of bands inspired by games, but few are as dedicated as The Protomen. They have interpreted Mega Man as a dystopic rock opera set to 80s inspired rock music. You might have heard their cover of Phil Collins’ in the air tonight in the third season of Cobra Kai, but their biggest hit is probably Light Up The Night from their album The Father of Death.

The bombastic synth rock track was part of the Rockband 4 set list alongside hits like Uptown Funk and Somebody Told Me, and their track This City Made Us was recently released as DLC. If you never heard their music, there is no better time than now.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Nick Akerman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!