Dragon Age, new LOTR game due by April '09

EA reveals BioWare's long-in-development fantasy RPG, mystery Tolkien/Jackson-inspired title will arrive before the company's next fiscal year ends.

Buried in the passel of information in yesterday's Electronic Arts earnings announcement were two major news items for gamers with a penchant for fantasy. The first concerned Dragon Age, the all-new PC fantasy role-playing game announced in 2004 by BioWare, developer of Baldur's Gate, Jade Empire, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The following year, the famed Canadian studio announced Mass Effect, its Xbox 360-exclusive sci-fi RPG that was released last year to rave reviews.

But while the platinum-selling Mass Effect has been at the center of BioWare's PR efforts, Dragon Age has been largely invisible since a series of showings in 2004. Then, late last year, BioWare cofounders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk said it was already playable, albeit in limited form. Luckily, yesterday's EA post-earnings call by BioWare's new owner confirmed the game remains on track, and will arrive sometime during its next fiscal year, which begins on April 1, 2008.

The EA call also brought welcome news for gamers who prefer more established pantheons of wizards, trolls, and orcs. As negotiations for the film version of The Hobbit drag on, the filmed version of the Lord of the Rings may be getting yet another game spin-off. Ten months after EA renewed its game license for the Rings films and 11 months after it put the open-world RPG The White Council on indefinite ice, CEO John Riccitello told analysts another game based on Peter Jackson's interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy world is en route. The unidentified title is set for release sometime in EA's 2009 fiscal year, although it is unclear if it is an all-new title or The White Council.

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174 comments
maxl16
maxl16

HAs THere been any news on the white council because all igns and other news is from a year or 2 ago?

GodDemon
GodDemon

It won't be the white council, although that would be cool, I believe this game is something else. Oh well........But then again it may be. It must be something like the white council and it'll be something not to do with the movie. At least that's what I think.

BenBenBen93
BenBenBen93

Bioware didn't make Conquest you noobs or shall i say nobs. Its a New game and probably not white council because either give it a year in development for and open ended RPG it take Bethesda like 3 year to make and that is at least 3 years probably 4-5

alexkn64
alexkn64

Take it for what it's worth, but IGN has labeled it as canceled. I'm with you thought, I've wanted an opened ended RPG, ala the kind of RPG's Bioware is known for since I saw the first movie. It's a real heartbreak how this game was put on indefinite hiatus.

Artemios
Artemios

same question here..were they talking about conquest? or is White Council really gonna come out this year! Oh, I do hope it does! It's been what? 2, 3 years?

qwertyuopasdfgh
qwertyuopasdfgh

is the game coming out before april 09 going to be the white council or were they talking about conquest?

TJamesA
TJamesA

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MandoWolf
MandoWolf

What is it about? Sounds cool.

DanzigThrall
DanzigThrall

hopefully the white council doesnt get cancelled like Marvel Online did

WakingZangetsu
WakingZangetsu

i think it keeps getting put off but i dont think its cancelled yet. so whoo hoo cant wait :)

devil-neva-cry
devil-neva-cry

i heard that this game is cancalled............ hope thats just sum bullsh*t rumour

VXCOM
VXCOM

i hoped all of this gonna workout......and the games will be playable...and high hopes for The White Council....and EA-BioWare gonna make it happens...

drand24
drand24

*crosses fingers for the White Council*

tmacfan532
tmacfan532

I think the Lotr game they're talking about is Conquest. But hopefully TWC is still in production.

division_9
division_9

BioWare? dammit I had high hopes for this game. I wonder how much gamespot was payed to rank mass effect the best game on PC. II'll still buy White council since BioWare would be stupid to turn lord of the rings some sort of semi-nerd fantasy realm where everygirl has the biggest boobs in the galaxy and theres some secret subplot where you make love with a alien.

rammsteingamer
rammsteingamer

BIOWARE leading this role-playing project ??? IT HAS GOT TO BE GREAT, these guys are just amazing, i´m really looking forward to see this game !!! Heads up

Septim007
Septim007

I desperately want The White Council to be made. Being a huge Lord of The Rings fan, that would be a dream come true. Seriously, don't they realise how much this would appeal to Tolkien fans and RPG lovers? MUST...HAVE...WHITE COUNCIL!!!!!(convulsive seizure)

Saerain
Saerain

Seeing that it is being developed by Pandemic, I strongly doubt that it is The White Council.

i_inferno
i_inferno

I hope that it is LotR: TWC, it would be my wet dream. A LotR RPG to my home gaming console :). Due to the short production time-line I think it is. To create a game from scratch in 10 months sounds very unlikely...

maggamuffin
maggamuffin

it seems like they scrapped the people working on it but they will have the same idea behind it.

o_laggy_o
o_laggy_o

A new Lord of the Rings game FTW!

Gen_Coleman
Gen_Coleman

Well recently Lucas Arts revoked the license from SOE for SWG. LA has since handed over all rights to SWG to BioWare. It is possible that BioWare will take SWG and start over like SOE should have done years ago. SOE has already stopped making the pre-paid cards for SWG. If BioWare can put in SWG what they have managed to do for all of ther RPG's then I am going to become a SWG nut once again.

Smoolander
Smoolander

EA Philosophy: Buy License Flog license to death

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

RE-Timstuff "Dear EA: HAVE BIOWARE MAKE THE NEW LORD OF THE RINGS GAME!" Pandemic is making the Lord of the Rings game.

Rowr14
Rowr14

so whats that? 3 more bioware rpg's, plus downloadable content, all within the next 3-4 years? Thats Awesome. And an MMO? I dont play mmo's as a rule, but depending on what this is i dont think i will be able to avoid getting sucked in.

mechworrior762
mechworrior762

nikej: My thoughts exactly! RPG+4 years+Bioware=:):):)=FTW

nikej
nikej

If a RPG game is made for more then 4 years then it can only be a good one. If a RPG game is made for more then 4 years by Bioware then ... :) :) :)

placksheep
placksheep

If Bioware even just makes Dragon Age essentially Baldur's Gate III, they will sell 1 million copies. How about an X-box 360 version though! :-)

LoqGor
LoqGor

Morrowind theory, Oblvion Combat...LOTR setting please

imnodewd
imnodewd

I would definitely like to see White Council become a reality. It looked like the developers were really onto something and I was sincerely disappointed when the project was put "on hold." So far, none of the other LOTR games have really delivered for me.

cterry04
cterry04

"Bring back White Council! That had so much promise!" I agree

halosniper52
halosniper52

RE-Timstuff 'Dear EA: HAVE BIOWARE MAKE THE NEW LORD OF THE RINGS GAME!' yes PLZZZzzzZZZ!!!!

Timstuff
Timstuff

Dear EA: HAVE BIOWARE MAKE THE NEW LORD OF THE RINGS GAME!

Sokol4ever
Sokol4ever

I'm definitely hopping for another Kotor game, just not MMO.

somberfox
somberfox

"Bioware may very well be making KotOR 3 because they just hooked up with LucasArts to make another (as of now unnamed) game." Of course that could also mean that Bioware is making a Indiana Jones RPG or something. Man that would be awesome. It would make sense too since the fourth Jones movie is coming up pretty soon.

BringTheBlood
BringTheBlood

basically, it better not suck, thats all i got to say.

EXODYS
EXODYS

Interesting news, I am really looking forward to Dragon Age, but could we please soon have Mass Effect for PC???

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

It's interesting how BioWare handle Dragon Age since it has long been into production along with Jade Empire and Mass Effect.

FatalFist
FatalFist

no way dude....i think bioware always handles game far better then Bethesda....BIOWARE RULEZ

ping5000
ping5000

I'd rather have Obsidian handle the next Knights game. They've proven themselves as highly capable with Mask of the Betrayer.

7_armageddon_7
7_armageddon_7

I was really looking forward to the White Council; I really hope they finish it.

RangerG
RangerG

YES! News on the White Council. Finally!