Nope, they’re not done milking that license just yet! Although, judging from the quality of most of the games (which really are some of the best movie/book to game adaptations around) we’ve got lots to look forward to.

Today Pandemic announced the development of Lord of the Rings: Conquest for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and… Nintendo DS?

If you’re not familiar with the company, you should be- they’re the guys behind Mercenaries 1 and 2, Destroy All Humans, and, of course, the incredible Star Wars: Battlefront titles. Does this mean this will basically be Lord of the Rings: Battlefront? Seems like it.

“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 ‘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.”


The first glimpse of game footage (and a trailer) will be hitting Spike TV’s GameTrailers TV on Friday, June 20. We’ll be sure and let you know when it hits the internets. The game is scheduled for release this fall. Pandemic sure has a lot of good stuff on its plate this year, what with Mercenaries 2 looking incredible, and the fascinating Saboteur on the way.

As for now, you can check out the official site, although there’s not a whole lot of content up just yet. Have to say, though, this sounds like an excellent idea…. and definitely a better fit for consoles than the last Lord of the Rings RTS that was released.