Warner Bros, who've greatly stepped up their presence in videogaming, have decided to keep the Lord of the Rings license in their own backyard.
EA's last hooray was LOTR: Conquest which was received poorly, with developer Pandemic likely rushed to finish it. Warner Bros is a major investor in LOTR Online dev Turbine.
EA was granted the license for Tolkien's fantasy creation back in 2001 but Warner Bros now look happy to hold on to it. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is their arm in the videogames industry and will now likely produce or publish themselves, reports.
This seems to be the new craze now with big movie houses investing into the videogame space themselves and deciding to compete, not partner up with established publishers like EA. The Harry Potter license will likely be the next to return to Warner Bros.
So far there's been no comment from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
EA loses Lord of the Rings game rights, Warner Bros takes it home
13 March 2009 | By Simon Priest