From EA has posted an online status update on its website informing gamers that another twelve titles are losing online functionality. On March 16, 2010 online service will shutdown for players of ‘Lord of the Rings: Conquest for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360’.

EA has been keen to stress it doesn’t take these shutdowns lightly, and only carries them out on games that just aren’t popular anymore:

“The games scheduled for shutdown in March and April 2010 represent less than 0.3% of all peak online players across all EA titles. Despite some people’s perception, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these older games up and running. We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99.7% of customers playing our more popular games. These decisions to retire games is never easy.”


Pandemic forging new Lord of the Rings game Following a revealing EA presentation, the Mercenaries studio confirms new title in the franchise based on Peter Jackson’s J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired films.

Yesterday’s headlines were dominated by a fusillade of announcements from Electronic Arts following the publisher’s meeting with investors. During the event, EA CEO John Riccitiello gave a presentation and talked about his company’s future strategy. Besides revealing some optimistic financial projections and new game titles, the executive put up a slide to reveal that Pandemic Studios, the critically acclaimed shop behind Full Spectrum Warrior and the forthcoming Mercenaries 2, is working on a game based on the Lord of the Rings films. Continue reading “Pandemic forging new Lord of the Rings game”