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EA today announced Lord of the Rings: Conquest, from the same team at Pandemic Studios that did the Star Wars: Battlefront series. I loved those games and it's sad to see them letting go of that universe, but it will be interesting to see how they will make this work based on LOTR. More info and the first images can be found inside, while the first gameplay footage will be aired at the end of June.

EA press release:
'Conquest' Grants Players Freedom to Fight Epic 'Rings' Battles Any Way Desired

Guildford, UK., May 8, 2008 – Pandemic™ Studios, an award-winning developer of blockbuster video games, is proud to announce the development of The Lord of the Rings: Conquest™ for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PC and Nintendo DS™ platforms. Pandemic Studios is a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS).
In a partnership with New Line Cinema, The Lord of the Rings: Conquest is an action-packed game created by the same Pandemic Studios team behind the best-selling Star Wars Battlefront™ and Star Wars Battlefront™ II titles. Set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” universe as depicted by the Academy Award®-winning films, players will finally fight the entirety of these epic battles any way they want. In addition to crusading as the heroic forces of good, for the first time ever in a ‘The Lord of the Rings’ action title they’ll conquer Middle-earth while playing as the legions of Sauron’s evil army, including Cave-trolls, Oliphaunts, the Balrog and Sauron himself. The game is set for a global release in fall 2008.

“Our Pandemic Studios creative teams have years of expertise bringing giant battlefields to life,” says Andrew Goldman, Pandemic Studios co-founder and general manager. “We’ve always wanted to harness our experience in a fantasy universe with warriors, archers, mages and castle sieges. Of course, there is truly no better fantasy world to recreate than the enormity of Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ realm.” “We’ll freely admit that we’re rabid fans of The Lord of the Rings fantasy,” says Josh Resnick, co-founder and general manager at Pandemic Studios. “Our experience creating massive, rich, action-packed games means that The Lord of the Rings: Conquest will give fans exactly what they want: full control of the blade, bow and magic to fight its epic battles any way they want – even if they choose to play from the evil side.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Pandemic Studios on this game,” commented David Imhoff, Senior EVP of Worldwide Licensing & Merchandising for New Line Cinema. “They bring not only their incredible technical and creative abilities but also a great passion for The Lord of the Rings.”

The world premiere of game footage and the first trailer for The Lord of the Rings: Conquest will premiere exclusively on Spike TV’s GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley on Friday, June 20.
This announcement reveals the third blockbuster video game project in the works at Pandemic Studios’ Los Angeles-based headquarters alongside the upcoming Mercenaries 2: World in Flames™ and Saboteur™, both in development for the Xbox 360™, PLAYSTATION®3 and PC platforms. For more information on The Lord of the Rings: Conquest, please visit: http://www.pandemicstudios.com/conquest.

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blmbox
blmbox
Commented on 2008-05-08 17:16:50
Well, I love LOTR more than most.

Therefore, i'll at the very least be keeping an eye on this one.
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RazorbackVI
RazorbackVI
Commented on 2008-05-08 17:39:43
This could be interesting, although I hope they don't keep the Battlefront style. It was good, but didn't feel superb. Keeping my eye on it
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blmbox
blmbox
Commented on 2008-05-08 17:49:50
http://uk.ps3.ign.com/articles/872/872401p2.html

Anyone interested should give that a read. After reading that, i'm dead excited about the game!
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UrukHaiPT
UrukHaiPT
Commented on 2008-05-08 20:18:30
Me want!
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Contra
Contra
Commented on 2008-05-08 21:22:47
Looks and sounds great. I hope the EA hate doesn't rush in too fast in this topic.
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lthideo
lthideo
Commented on 2008-05-08 22:33:52
I loved both battlefronts and i would like to see how that kind of gameplay works on LOTR.
allthought,... 16 players online that's not really gone give you the feeling of an epic fight.
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Schmooboo
Schmooboo
Commented on 2008-05-09 07:58:31
Looks promissing, would be cool to hack and slush through all the NPCs and then epic fights vs other players. So they better get the gameplay right :P
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blinx01
blinx01
Commented on 2008-05-09 14:39:08
Looks pretty good and it's something I'm more excited about rather than another Star Wars game, although like stated, 16 players wouldn't cut it for a LOTR style battle.
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Drew
Drew
Commented on 2008-05-10 00:06:56
I'm sure that it's sixteen players in a commander-like position with tons of other NPC's. Wouldn't make sense if it was done otherwise.
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