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Just how many people are working at Pandemic
anyway? Not only are they still finishing up Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
and (maybe) making the next Batman game
, but news has come from IGN today that the Lord of the Rings game
the studio is currently crafting (called Lord of the Rings: Conquest
) will arrive on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this fall. By the developer's own admission it's an unabashed mash-up of the fantasy property and its own Star Wars Battlefront
(read: huge fights in Middle Earth).
The game will incorporate every battle from the movies, a few from the books and some from whole cloth. Conquest'
s large-scale battles, which will sport up to 150 characters on screen at once, can be waged by eight players online [update: It's apparently 16] against one another or with four players teaming up on the main campaign online or via split screen. Frankly, we got a little burnt out on Lord of the Rings
games when a glut of them arrived with Peter Jackson's films, but this sounds like the kind of meaty experience that justifies a return to Middle Earth.