EA lording over the Rings until 2008

[UPDATE] After months of doubt, the megapublisher announces it is retaining the game rights to the multibillion-dollar film franchise; all-new game coming next year; White Council still "on hold."

Since the beginning of the year, a cloud of doubt has hung over The Lord of Rings game franchise. In February, following weeks of rumors, Electronic Arts executives confessed that The Lord of the Rings: The White Council was "on hold." Since then, many have presumed the next-generation open-world role-playing game had been canceled--and that EA was planning not to renew the LOTR game license.

Today, though, some hope was restored. Electronic Arts has announced that it will indeed retain Lord of Rings game rights through 2008. As before, the deal applies to games based on director Peter Jackson's film trilogy, which has grossed more than $3 billion worldwide. Midway and Turbine's forthcoming massively multiplayer online RPG, The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, is based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels that inspired Jackson's movies.

But while the license announcement was clear, it did spark some confusion by trumpeting the fact that "an all-new title is scheduled for release in 2008." Since no title was mentioned, it was unclear if the game in question was The White Council or an entirely different game.

[UPDATE] However, later in the day, Electronic Arts officially clarified the matter. "The game mentioned is completely new," a rep told GameSpot, "We haven't announced its title or any details yet." As for the White Council? "Its status is unchanged," he said. "It remains on hold."

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DredWulf
DredWulf

you know all you gripers can always just play LOTR online.

justletmego
justletmego

I hate how EA thinks they can continually make dissapointing Lord of the Rings games. First theres the hack n' slashes, which were pretty fun, but didn't allow to be IN the experience of Lord of the Rings, no exploration of Middle Earth, the battles were hardly as epic as the books or movies. Second theres Battle for Middle Earth, which was to me the most disappointing yet. The previews out right lied to its audience, making us think we'd really get to experience Helms Deep and Minas Tirith. But no, instead we end up fighting like 2 urk hai at a time in those battles. It was hardly epic enough. And then they tried to make a turn based rpg, which didn't even allow us to play as the Fellowship. Do I need to explain? And now they are making yet another cash in. Yes, making a Lord of the rings Rpg is a great idea, but why before the war of the ring? Do they not know what fans want? I don't know about you guys, but I want a hack n' slash rpg that lets me explore middle earth, play as all members of the fellowship, follow the story of the Lord of the rings, play as an ent, be a part of a truly epic battle,oh and even play as some characters that aren't in the fellowship (ents anyone?). Oh yea I wanna ride a horse too. Is it so hard to ask for somethings unique and different?

justletmego
justletmego

I hope the new game is based on all three movies, only open ended. That would be awesome, I would love to see the Batles of Helm's Deep and Minas Tirth recreated to accomadate next gen capabilities.

SpazH3d
SpazH3d

I just want another LOTR game. Make it happen, bi**hes.

edmusa
edmusa

i hope this project isn't cancel!! i would love to play a lotr-oblivion game!!...this game could have a 10 if it has good graphics!

belwyrm
belwyrm

Blast, another RPG on hold (or cancelled, who can say) that I was looking forward too.....I seriously need a PS3 RPG.....As great as it is, there's really only so many things to do in Oblivion......

face1
face1

this could be one of the best games ever!!!!!!!!!!

hahahero
hahahero

lets hope this game gets going soon. its bout time for an open ended lotr game!!!! this is exciting, i cant wait!

laifox
laifox

nice one...i would really love an oblivion-lotr kinda game, it would be awesome!...hope this new game goes something like that, no more RTS or driven-rpg games....those kinda suck.

Saerain
Saerain

Somehow, this only just came to my attention. I am assuming that 'completely new' means that it is not a continuation of the Battle for Middle-earth franchise. I hope that it is for the PC and that they go ahead with the concept of an open-ended RPG.

cacaron
cacaron

I want a lord of the rings oblivion type game. Who never dreams to be aragorn on the deeping wall of Helm's deep and do what YOU want in this battle.

Josephus05
Josephus05

Aye! I would love to have an Oblivion type LOTR game. I love Tokien's works and the Elder Scrolls. Two things that I have been able to jump in amd get lost in for a long time. The melding of the two would be great. I curently play LOTRO. At times I love it at times not so much....we shall see as I am not too far into it. But it is a beautiful game hands down.

Jonny_13
Jonny_13

i agree with a bunch of guys here who dont wanna play LOTRO, in fact all that non-jackson LoTR stuff is pretty shoddy, i think its just some guy who thinks his vision of Tolkiens world is just so much better and it clearly is NOT.

leon_trunks
leon_trunks

I'm rotting in pain as I wait for an LOTR game. I'm not that interested in the LOTRO, for that, I'll need to spend a whole lot more on the PC Upgrades first.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

heres an idea, ACTUALLY RELEASE SOMETHING THIS YEAR, NOT NEXT YEAR!

DChy
DChy

They're saying it's on hold but I still have this feeling that it's going to be cancelled.

xTheExploited
xTheExploited

I want The White Council so badly. It sounds so good. I've been waiting for a good LotR RPG to come out because it would make such a good one.

cborowik
cborowik

I like battle for middle earth 2 on my 360, not too big on RPG's

canana
canana

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Ultimate-Playa
Ultimate-Playa

Who wants a LotR rpg that is like Oblivion? Say Aye or Nay.

Hedfix
Hedfix

White Council is "on hold" whilst EA put a DJ into the game.

rety5
rety5

I am not happy about EA keeping the rights but then again LOTR games (other than fellowship of the ring which is not EA's work) do not suck as of yet... Keep up the good work EA or there is going to be a massive petition through youre letter box.

Simple_minDed1
Simple_minDed1

Lets hope it has good graphics. Something along the lines of Elder Scrolls Oblivion. I dont know about anyone else but LOTRO doesnt appeal to me, i played the open beta when that was on and it didnt have the depth of the movie - it was kind of like emoticons are to real people. Cant wait for the hobbit movie to be made (which apparently it is), hopefully peter jackson will do this one too.

NFSC0297
NFSC0297

I can't wait for The White Council to come out. I guess i'll have to wait till 2008.

Berserker_2
Berserker_2

The headline is lame. Nothing about it works. It's supposed to roll off the tongue.

guardianlegend7
guardianlegend7

I'd like to see a follow-up to the Return of the King game. If it came with a Toolset that let people make missions, it'd be great. we need a beat'em up with a toolset :P

MasterSarge117
MasterSarge117

YES! Cant wait they need more Lord Of The Rings Games also they should make Fellowship of the ring based off of the movie too!

Citan76
Citan76

More games based on the Lord of the Rings movies!??!?! Oh man I am like.... so... excited... (sigh)

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Oh man I'm going to have to wait long for more geek LOTR stuff.. But if it improves the game overall quality I don't care... I'll be stuck with LOTRO so it won't matter anyway :D.

thomfilm
thomfilm

Lets see how long they can pull this lotr thing out for? :P Star wars manages it.

JohnWinger
JohnWinger

Battle for Middle Earth had a good campaign. I know EA can pull another rabbit out of their hats. :)

xatman911
xatman911

Wow. I cant wait. I might give MMPORPG's another go.

trueunico
trueunico

EA is probably having issues now making their deadlines since they've been used to overworking their employees for so long.

makemeweak
makemeweak

Why the crap is the new title NOT White Council?!? That game looked like it had a glimmer of promise. I guess on hold is better than canceled. How does a company as huge as EA not have the resources to finish a game anyway?

desolation00
desolation00

Hurray for Hobbit Bowling. Wait, are they the Pins or the Bowlers?

Zauster
Zauster

its by EA so its gonna suck tis a shame too cuz LOTR is an amazing story oh well hopefully someone good gets the licsense after 2008

FilthyYamBag
FilthyYamBag

good for them, as expected a game with moderate quality will follow

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

If you make another third age count me out. absurd loading times for battles, and slow paced battles are not what make good rpgs. plus a cast that i actually would care about would help.

Jovux1188
Jovux1188

The new game is LOTR: Bowling for Hobbits.

kenerhai
kenerhai

goddamnit EA. Figures, only those pricks could F a brand new game we actually WANT to play. Why do I see them pulling a stunt like making LOTR madden crossover or a LOTR themed racegame while we really want White Council. EA - "Us? Make a fresh new original game? HA!! Yea right!!! Good one kids, good one. Were too busy making the same tired ass games that we know you'll buy anyway. We just want to amass enough money to put a new studio on the Moon. And we shall officially rename the moon Planet Electronic Arts. Mwahahahahaha."

keinuveye
keinuveye

haha. knocks on door. is this the 'everyone who hates EA' room? Oh, good, its overflowing with people like me.... "Hello,.... my name is....... and I hate EA".

monco59
monco59

Just give us White Council!!!

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

I'm kinda surprised EA hasn't tried to pimp out the license even more with games like Lord of the Rings 2007...8...9...