Pandemic forging new Lord of the Rings game

Following a revealing EA presentation, the Mercenaries studio confirms new title in the franchise based on Peter Jackson's J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired films.

Yesterday's headlines were dominated by a fusillade of announcements from Electronic Arts following the publisher's meeting with investors. During the event, EA CEO John Riccitiello gave a presentation and talked about his company's future strategy. Besides revealing some optimistic financial projections and new game titles, the executive put up a slide to reveal that Pandemic Studios, the critically acclaimed shop behind Full Spectrum Warrior and the forthcoming Mercenaries 2, is working on a game based on the Lord of the Rings films.

But, while the slide clearly indicates Pandemic is working on a LOTR game, it is unclear exactly what game it is. Earlier in the presentation, Riccitiello repeated the news that a new title in the franchise--which EA renewed its license to last year--will ship during its next fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2009.

A rep for Pandemic confirmed to GameSpot that the studio is crafting a new title set in film director Peter Jackson's vision of author J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. However he couldn't confirm much more, saying only "Pandemic Studios will have more to reveal on this project in the very near future."

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Troymaster12
Troymaster12

Lord of the Rings + Battlefront + PS3=AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!

spartanz13
spartanz13

man its going to really sweet to play a game like that

MydogJack
MydogJack

LOTR + Battlefront + Xbox 360 = Pure Genius

Strider_91
Strider_91

This could be one of the best games to come out So excited and can't wait too get it.

LegendaryEpoch
LegendaryEpoch

LOTR: Battlefront style. Sweet. Playing as the Witch King ruling a battle with a felbeast. Dream come true... :P I really hope this game turns out to be good.

Millepe
Millepe

Yeah Elder Scrolls would be cool. But I think this game is gonna be awesome I saw the add in Game informer and the graphics look fantastic.

Lucas325
Lucas325

i have been waiting for a game like this since i bought sw battlefront

newb16
newb16

I dont think you people got on this website in 2006 when there was a lord of the rings game calld "Lord of The Rings: the white council". Which by the way you people need to be more alert when they come out with new games. Otherwise you will be doing the same exact thing you just did, which is not paying atention to what you are doing when you get on this website.

Brodoin15
Brodoin15

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Brodoin15
Brodoin15

Cool, 'bout time we got a new LOTR game. One like SW Battlefront would be cool, but I would like a Elder Scrolls like one.

holyjim
holyjim

I don't like the way this is written "Following a revealing EA presentation, the Mercenaries studio confirms new title in the franchise based on Peter Jackson's J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired films. " So , that means it's based on the movie, not the book?

Switch_Blade_91
Switch_Blade_91

What would be cool is to have a LOR game like Star Wars BattleFront!

GodzillaX8
GodzillaX8

Azwhtknight, play Lord of the Rings Online.

Azwhtknight
Azwhtknight

I agree with badgert, a LOR game with the look of Oblivion would be awesome! Also, although it is an older game, I think another possibility would be a Baldur's Gate style, that would be awesome too. Just think about it, a game with the in-depth storyline and cool game-play of BG set in the LOR universe. You could create a unique party to travel Middle Earth with as you play through a new unique story with plenty of areas to roam and side quests to complete. Anyway, as a severe Tolkien fan, I hope that they can come up with the goods this time. Even though a lot of the LOR games are fun, they don't really provide gamers with a lot of wow-factor. There always seems to be just a little something missing. I will await more news of this game with reserved anticipation. I will also send Pandemic a challenge! "For all us gamers and all us Tolkien connoisseurs out there, I challenge you to knock our socks of and leave us breathless to the point of unconsciousness or else we will lock you in a room with Gollum until you solve the riddle of the game .......my precious!"

Hyper_52
Hyper_52

Ummm why would they create a Lord Of The Rings MMORPG when one already exists based on the books? (Phazevariance) It would crazy to try and compete. We have already have the RTS games and the Action games, so I hope this is something different. FPS? LOL!

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

They didn't delay Mercenaries 2 for this game. They announced they are working on it. That's it. Anything that Pandemic does I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. So far everything they've done has been pretty darn good (except for Full Spectrum Warrior). Personally I'm looking forward to Saboteur.

THE_PREZIDENT
THE_PREZIDENT

Wow, they delayed MERCS 2 for this? What gives?

makemeweak
makemeweak

I hope they restart development of the White Council game and give that to Pandemic. That game looked promising.

ghost867
ghost867

As long as it's not an MMO, it has potential in my opinion. Really, we don't need anymore MMOs. I hate the games, and I really don't want resources that could be spent on a great action game or an RPG wasted on an MMO.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Probably a MMORPG style game, that series is just asking for it. I can't see them doing another RTS already, I don't know how well the last 2 sold. I'd like to see a well written FPS based on that though.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I really am not sure what it could be. I just hope it's cool though. :) That's all you can hope for. :P Why don't they try making a game based solely on the books and instead come up with a new vision for Middle Earth other than Jackson's films. I mean I liked the movies but still, it would be interesting.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

I hate the LOTR games cause they mainly focus on making rts games and games based of the trilogy. Can't they make more original stuff making their own side stories in the same universe. It's why star wars games will always make the lotr games look like trash

MeleeMaster2
MeleeMaster2

I was hoping for a Silmarillion-based game, but this sounds like it could be pretty good.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

I hope it's not a Star Wars: Battlefront 2 inspired Lord of the Rings type game.

KBABZ
KBABZ

Jeez, ANOTHER Lord of the Rings game? This is starting to get dubious.

Witchsight
Witchsight

Pandemic is golden, Ill tell you right now this means great things for LoTR fans. I cant wait!

selbie
selbie

Please don't make another RTS. I want RPG Action / Adventure.

ele975
ele975

this is just too suweet! Red Alert 3 is confirmed, the new Aliens full title is released and alot more other great news and this tops it all! a new Lotr game d(^-^)b this year is gonna beat 2007!

OfficialJab
OfficialJab

Pandemic pwnz, and so does Lord of the Rings. I'm wet.

niteowl74
niteowl74

I hope its not like the earlier action games. The hit detection was so god awful. I like the Battlefront idea.

Pete5506
Pete5506

One of them new fighting games like the old ones would be sweet

Ranglo
Ranglo

paullywog~ either you're being sarcastic (which does not come off very well on the net), or you have only played a baby's handful of Star Wars games. There are far more bad star wars games than there are good. LOTR, the ratio of bad to good is not as high.....although i could easily name some s****y ones.

GogetaX
GogetaX

I wanna be a Balrog and be able to ride a Dragon. =D. Like someone else said an Oblivion-style LOTR game would rock the casbah. Just include dragons and Balrogs!!!!

stealth89
stealth89

as badgert said, and oblivion style LOTR game would be beyond awesome.

Lumenadducere
Lumenadducere

Sounds good - I wonder what kind of game it'll be?

footfoe2
footfoe2

LOrd of the rings?!?!?!?!?! rock on just dont screw it up, EA, like you allways do

aragon245
aragon245

I trust Pandemic, so this oughta be good.

SidV101
SidV101

paullywog there are plenty of bad star wars and LOTR games.

kreisler
kreisler

just give us ... LOTR: TOTAL WAR Mega Extreme Bloodbath Sauron Edition

paullywog
paullywog

Keep it up, i never want a bad Star Wars of LOTR game. I've never seen one.

nsmnpc5000
nsmnpc5000

Hopefully Pandemic churns out a game that is both different in style from their previous games and has a plot line that varies somewhat from the movies. We've all seen the movies, played the games and quite possibly read the books. There is a ton of universe to play around with and Pandemic could have a lot of fun with the license if they're allow to.

Drazule
Drazule

I coulld see a LOTR: battlefront, with various base solidires like pikeman(tower guard ect.) Archer( archer, urik'hai crossbow) swordsman and stuff

Nintendus21
Nintendus21

Lately I've noticed that EA's the main talk right now. Lets hope this game will come out good like the movies and books do.