Pandemic Working on New Lord of the Rings Game; EA Plotting SimAnimals

By Chris Faylor, Feb 12, 2008 6:23pm PST Mega-publisher Electronic Arts is expanding its Sim brand with SimAnimals, and Mercenaries 2 developer Pandemic Studios, which was recently acquired by EA, is working on a new Lord of the Rings video game.

EA CEO John Riccitiello revealed the news in an analyst meeting today, noting that both titles are scheduled to release during EA's 2009 fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009.

No other details, such as platforms or genres, were mentioned in the accompanying slides.

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  • Maybe this is the "Legends" project they posted jobs for a few months ago ?

    Here were some of the job requirements that sound RPGish with the exception of vehicles:

    * Oversee the institution of cooperative multiplayer for Legends.
    * Create and balance weapons and gear for Legends.
    * Work with design to create vehicles for Legends.
    * Working very closely with Art & Engineering depts. in the development of tools & pipelines.
    * Test, debug, refine, and polish multiplayer and gear.
    * Implement loot tables for gear drops.
    * Implement the trade economy with Vendors and Money.
    * Create the trade and barter system between players.

    This is NOT Mercenaries 2, it's interesting to note the cooperative multiplayer and trade/barter system which leads me to believe there is some sort of world hub or meeting area players can interact in.