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Lord of the Rings game rights back at Warner

EA deal ends, leaving Warner to create new franchise titles, says report

Electronic Arts won't be publishing any more games under the Lord of the Rings licence, as the rights have reverted back to Warner Bros.

That's according to a report by Variety, which suggests Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will now develop titles in the series. New movies based on Tolkien's The Hobbit are due in 2011 and 2012.

New Line Cinema's agreement with EA ended last year, and the last title released under the deal was the critical flop Lord of the Rings: Conquest.

Time Warner also has a large stake in developer Turbine, the studio behind MMO The Lord of the Rings Online.

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Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.