Report: Peter Jackson displeased with Lord of the Rings games

<i>New York Times</i> says director's unhappiness with EA's movie tie-ins motivated his current partnership with Ubisoft.

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As far as movie tie-ins go, Electronic Arts' suite of Lord of the Rings games was a success. Most games based on the multibillion-dollar film trilogy, such as Return of the King and the Battle for Middle-earth, saw critical acclaim and solid sales on both consoles and PCs.

So it came as a surprise to many when Jackson announced that Ubisoft, not EA, would be developing and publishing the game version of his remake of King Kong, due out on December 14. However, the primary reason Jackson, an avid gamer himself, gave was perfectly plausible. He said he wanted to work with Ubisoft producer Michel Ancel after having played the acclaimed but unpopular Beyond Good and Evil.

That said, an article in Monday's edition of the New York Times (subscription required) said Jackson had another motivation for going with Ubisoft: Namely, he didn't like working with EA. The article, which dealt with how filmmakers are becoming increasingly enmeshed in game development, said that Jackson "chafed at his dealings with the industry heavyweight."

The article also quoted Ken Kamins, Jackson's manager, as saying that "Electronic Arts was not interested in input from the filmmaker" but had no problem marketing the games as though he was closely involved in their making. The article made no mention of the fact that all EA Lord of the Rings games featured digital assets and creature designs from the movie trilogy and Jackson's own Weta Workshop (which is beginning work on the Halo film). The games also featured music from the movies' soundtracks, as well as the likenesses and voices of all the Rings films' stars, many of which recorded all-new dialogue.

The Times quotes an EA rep as saying only that the input Jackson was given in the development process was "above and beyond expectations." GameSpot's attempts to elicit further comment on the matter were unsuccessful as of press time.

Discussion

19 comments
STRIKERankas
STRIKERankas

Peter should invest into a morrowind and oblivion style lotr game. Maybe make the land not so big as it is in the books and films lol

Berianor117
Berianor117

He was going for what he thought would not make fun of his work, like EA did. WTF, they weren't interested in his comments? They should burn in hell, if it weren't for him they would have never made all the money they made with those games. And yeah, Jackson makes awesome movies, but what you mean he should stick with that? He has the right to criticize EA's tie-ins of HIS MOVIES. EA should be a little less arrogant and a little more respectful, of us gamers for starters. LOTR Conquest (Jan 2009) is such an awful MEGARUSH job... But I still like it, hey it's Jackson and Tolkien, what can go wrong ;)

kanharn
kanharn

Ha ha King kong the game was probley in my top 10 poo games off all time. Good eork peter lol

houtx1836
houtx1836

Perhaps Jackson should stick with what he does well

Pitfiend23
Pitfiend23

i found rotk game and the movie both cool. King Kong(remake), movie and the game both were not as good as rotk.

Annopricam
Annopricam

LOTR RULZ. EA SUX. END OF STORY.

nmandude
nmandude

Ubisoft makes awesome games. EA makes crappy games based on franchises that they have the only rights to.

David600
David600

lot of jackson fanboys in this thread...

kighod
kighod

EA make terrible games

grizly-sword
grizly-sword

The Graphics were a disgrace in the game, Ubisoft is way better than EA anyways, and the Halo movie will for sure flaw.

nyugfu
nyugfu

I liked the movies (didn't love them), and really despised all the games I tried.

gobo212
gobo212

The EA LoTR games were better than ubisofts King Kong game...

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

i only like the two towers movie and game

killa-k
killa-k

i agree with darkside5001 i watched 1 of them can't remember which 1 it was but it was kinda borin'

the411monkey
the411monkey

Well I can see why, he gave it to EA, I mean come on! They make 56 games a year or so that all suck! Like Catwoman....

runyoncolie
runyoncolie

i liked the movies and the games... But whatever

shiftdelete
shiftdelete

LOL. Nothing too interesting. Never liked THEIR GAMES ANYWAY. EA sucks. They are the "Kathy Lee 3rd World Sweatshops" of the video game industry.

darkside5001
darkside5001

Lol. nothing to interesting. Never liked his movies anyway.