EA confirms new LOTR blockbuster

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EA's Pandemic studio has announced The Lord of the Rings: Conquest – an action-packed ‘blockbuster' created by the same team behind the Star Wars: Battlefront games.

Set in The Lord of the Rings universe depicted by Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning films, EA says that players will enjoy ‘epic battles'.

The publisher said in a statement: ‘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 on 360, PS3, DS and PC in fall 2008.

Our Pandemic Studios creative teams have years of expertise bringing giant battlefields to life,” said Pandemic Studios co-founder and general manager Andrew Goldman.

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 The Lord of the Rings realm.”