Lord of the Rings: Conquest marches on Jan. 13

EA and Pandemic's J.R.R. Tolkien-based, Peter Jackson-inspired fantasy action game hits 360, PS3, PC, DS next year.

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Pandemic Studios has been in the news of late thanks to Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, a game that was long in the making and fell short of critics' expectations when it waged its private war in August. However, that's just one of the three games the EA-owned game maker plans to fire off within the coming months, with The Lord of the Rings: Conquest and Saboteur also on the verge of release.

Today, EA dated the first of those titles, saying The Lord of the Rings: Conquest will sally forth on January 13 in the US, three days after the game's international release. Conquest will be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Nintendo DS.

Like EA's Lord of the Rings games released alongside their theatrical counterparts in the early 2000s, Conquest will be set in the same universe as Peter Jackson's filmic interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's acclaimed novels. Expanding on these titles, Pandemic's take on the series promises to give players control of both sides of the conflict, fighting either for the alliance of men, elves, and dwarves or for Sauron's legions.

Pandemic hopes to translate the gameplay of its lauded Star Wars: Battlefront games from plasma-blaster sci-fi to hack-and-slash fantasy. The game will also emphasize large-scale, open-warfare battlefields and will incorporate a number of character archetypes that players can switch between on the fly, including scout, warrior, archer, and mage.

For more on The Lord of the Rings: Conquest, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

50 comments
manray505
manray505

2009 is a new generation for video games dont expect to be so many failures

manray505
manray505

you guys dont let anygames be good with your comments ok its the same people that created bf2 and 1 obvously so its going to be like bf2 just lotr version which i personoly think is awesome because it has awesome graphics and yeah its going to be fun

ace244
ace244

i will be playing this online for free on my ps3 :P

megamaster32
megamaster32

THe game is pretty cool I cant wait to taste the evil side

BikerPunk
BikerPunk

potentially EPIC!! lets hope they deliver on this title!

Slaughtahouse
Slaughtahouse

the demo is really good , suprissingly enough lol suprissingly

hassy94
hassy94

what so is it 1st person?

Blood_Diamond
Blood_Diamond

p.s i know it's "based" on the movies, just like most of the star wars games... i don't think there is enough exp with the LOTR universe

Blood_Diamond
Blood_Diamond

After all of the other movie to game failures this year i am not holding my breath over this one... nice idea.. just lately the good ideas aren't working right

_Kikode_
_Kikode_

When they say instantly switch class I think they mean the same as BF where you respawn as a Class or kill yourself and choose a new one would go against the lore if they made it so you can polymorph into something else on the fly.Either way I loved BF2 so I'm gonna love this it would be pretty hard for them to screw it up and I'm so glad pandemic is doing it.

LordReithgar
LordReithgar

This game has nothing to do with Mercenaries and frankly, whohever though Merc 2 was going to be a good game lol, Merc 1 was a loosy game, I didn't expected anything more from the 2nd. Now Star Wars : Battlefront was a pretty good game. I'm not expecting this to be an amazing game, but one that I can have fun slashing orcs!

kagento
kagento

carefull now, lets see what pandemic can be up to after the disapointing Mercenaries 2. I personally think it will be no good game this one... dont ask me why...

jo_993
jo_993

Gosh cant wait , i need a new game!

BrokenPezHead
BrokenPezHead

The sheer fact that you will be able to play as Sauron's leigions will make this awesome.

Richard7666
Richard7666

Star Wars: Battlefront LOTR? Count me in.

zaid55
zaid55

WooHoo lotr Battlefront style!!!

cryingfoot
cryingfoot

Wow EA missing christmas, wow i m blow away ! again wow.

24k_Solid_Gold
24k_Solid_Gold

It sounds pretty exciting, I'm glad their taking extra time to make it. I agree with what Darkness7089 said, it kinda takes away the meaning of chosing a class, and each class having special properties if anyone can switch instantly between them. But either way, the game looks, and sounds pretty cool, looking forward to hearing more about it.

Darkness7089
Darkness7089

They can take as long as they want, that's usually what the good games do. Plenty of other games to jam on until then. One thing that concerns me is being able to switch classes quickly, making the penalties of having the worst class absence. With instant switching, everyone will get what is needed too fast and counter everything too quickly. Trolls incoming? 5+ppl instantly switched to the Rogue to gank them. You should choose, and be stuck with those advantages and disadvantages, at least until you die or suicide to switch. It'd be even better if you were locked to a class for an entire match.

Sablicious
Sablicious

I'm glad it isn't the November release it was first slated as being - it looked a bit rough around the edges and the battles seemed less 'epic' than I'd envisaged. Hopefully the two extra months pay dividends.

BloodMist
BloodMist

I'm not too sure about this one, it sounds good in some ways, and in others kind of...eh?I'm gonna wait and see.

Media_Mind
Media_Mind

I haven't heard enough of this yet

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

WHOA! This is like Star Wars Battlefront, but different franchises and next gen. Can you say "nerd-gasm"?

Unholy_Terror
Unholy_Terror

The game looks pretty cool, but I'm not sure how I feel about being able to switch characters on the fly, seems like it could get rid of any replay value...but feel free to prove me wrong Pandemic.

Franklinstein
Franklinstein

GCNfreak011 it's Battlefront* not Battlefield.

GCNfreak011
GCNfreak011

col-neil, this isn't an adventure game. It's Battlefield- just set in middle earth.

xtremegamer113
xtremegamer113

eyyy thats my birthday...pretty cool might be a nice present

Col-Neil
Col-Neil

To me this just looks like a polished version of the two towers and return of the king games they where fun but if thats all this one is whats the point again ?

Shadow_Fax87
Shadow_Fax87

This game could be a ton of fun, or really bad if they screw it up.... so the moral of the story is, don't screw it up!!!!

R7_3
R7_3

i can't wait for this game, it's battlefront but with LotR characters, so it should be pretty dang good

Sendmn23
Sendmn23

omg!!! why? why would we need this? why? this is one game i'm not going to buy!!!! the movies were great by the way.

xIronMaydenx
xIronMaydenx

Sounds very interesting. However, games like this often fall short of expectations. If it works, it'll be amazing.

mclakers
mclakers

i was looking forward to this game, i guess ill just wait till next year.

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

I will most certainly be getting this game. HUGE Lotr fan, loved Battlefront, and from what I've seen of the new trailer, it's gonna be awesome. And oh yeah, playable Sauron & the Balrog.

Mush_Mouth
Mush_Mouth

This is just me, but LOTR games have bored the heck out of me. They look just like every other fantasy game out there. I know that LOTR kinda started it all (at least got it popular), but a lot of other franchises are far more interesting than this one.

Timstuff
Timstuff

"Fell short of critis' expectations?" Jeez Gamespot, if you keep referring to yourselves in the third person like this people are going to mistake you for Jack Thompson.

sMeAgOl_VaDeR
sMeAgOl_VaDeR

why did they postpone it? just because of mercenaries' bad reviews?

mertron1
mertron1

the potential to make a truly amazing game from the lotr franchise is all plain to see yet they bring out these tired no longevity titles you'll forget days after you've finished it.....such a waste.

enix165
enix165

Oooh, looks awesome. Pandemic's made good games from what I've seen, I think I'm gonna be getting this one considering my birthday's right before it so I'll have the cash. =D

NemesisLives
NemesisLives

Huge fan of the Battlefront series, but from what I've seen I don't think I will be getting this.

Game__Raider
Game__Raider

Yes top 5 comments woot! ANd I can't wait for this game. and what a game it will be.

darth_slayer33
darth_slayer33

I for one am looking forward to this game. Loved Star Wars Battlefront. I am also a LOTR fan too so I cannot pass on this.