Skyrim’s epic, anticipated gaming mod, the Middle Earth Roleplaying Project (MERP), has been brought to a halt by Warner Brothers Entertainment. Warner Brothers, who owns the rights to the Lord of the Rings in the gaming industry, sent out Cease and Desist letters to the developers of this highly ambitious gaming modification.
Consequently, the Cease and Desist orders have prevented the project from progressing. This comes as a painful shock to Skyrim, Lord of the Rings, and game mod fans.
However, there is still some hope for MERP. Unsurprisingly, MERP has become incredibly popular since its origins back during The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion age and has amassed a significant following. The MERP mod currently places 6th out of 17,000 in popularity on Moddb.com. Fans of MERP can even sign a fast growing petition to pressure Warner Brothers into lifting the restriction. Any readers or supporters interested can sign the Save MERP petition and show support by liking the Save MERP Facebook page. The MERP Twitter hashtag (#SaveMERP) is another way of showing some LOTR/Skyrim love. Many MERP fans have showed their loyalty by posting on forums “You have my sword!” and “You have my axe!” In addition, Team MERP has also reported hiring a lawyer to assist in their appeal of Warner Brothers’ C&D letter.
If you’re interested in voicing concerns, support, or want to ask questions, visit MERP’s forums. If the project can continue at a later date, the mod would be released for Windows.