EA ANNOUNCES THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH II COLLECTORâS EDITION
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., January 6, 2006 â Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced The Lord of the Ringsâ¢, The Battle for Middle-earthâ¢ II Collectorâs Edition â the first ever Collectorâs Edition DVD release from the highly successful The Lord of the Rings franchise. The sequel to last holidayâs critically acclaimed PC game is filled with exclusive The Lord of the Ringsâ¢ game content that will offer fans an opportunity to delve into parts of the Middle-earth theyâve never seen before.
Scheduled to ship simultaneously with The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II in February 2006, The Lord of the Ringsâ¢, The Battle for Middle-earthâ¢ II Collectorâs Edition will be available at select retailers with a suggested price (MSRP) of $59.99 and is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.
Expanding on The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth, the new real-time strategy (RTS) game will allow players to engage in heated battles with Elven and Dwarven armies plus heroes and creatures that have never been seen in The Lord of the Rings films. The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II Collectorâs Edition will offer everything the sequel does plus entirely new and exclusive content.
For the first time ever, The Lord of the Rings fans will now have access to all the behind-the-scenes details of creating a blockbuster The Lord of the Rings PC game. The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II Collectorâs Edition will featureâ¦
* Exclusive Bonus DVD with Content Provided in High Definition (HD)
o Mastered in HD for the ultimate high resolution experience on your PC or connected HDTV
o Entire musical score features original music created exclusively for The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II
o In-game cinematics and trailers in high resolution and surround sound
o âThe Making of The Battle for Middle-earth IIâ: The story of the team behind The Battle for Middle-earth series including never before seen videos and exclusive interviews with key development team members
o âThe Art of the Gameâ: The ultimate collection of artwork created for the game, including hundreds of cinematic paintings and key pieces of concept work
* Exclusive In-Game Content
o All new fire-breathing Dragon â on the battlefield, this impressive unit can only be controlled by players who purchase the Collectorâs Edition (shown in screenshot above)
o Special graphic treatment for âcreate-a-heroâ units identify Collectorâs Edition gamers during on-line play
o Multiple exclusive maps including signature locations from The Lord of the Rings films â such as Weathertop and Argonath
* Exclusive Campaign Map Poster
o Two-sided, 11x17 color poster
o Gorgeous high resolution map of Middle-earth created exclusively for the game â âGoodâ side lists out all the campaign locations from the good campaign while the âEvilâ side lists out its campaign locations and descriptions
o The perfect companion piece while playing the Good or Evil game missions
* Exclusive NVIDIA Rebate Card
o A rebate coupon for savings on a new NVIDIA graphics card
âWe believe weâve created something very special with The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II, and our team felt passionate about making a Collectorâs Edition that is truly special for the fans,â said Mike Verdu, Executive Producer at EA Los Angeles. âThe exclusive content including the behind-the-scenes footage, amazing concept art, cinematic paintings and sequences, the extensive soundtrack, and access to the unique dragon unit adds new dimension to the gaming experience.â
Developed at EAâs Los Angeles studio, The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II introduces players to depths of the fiction never before explored in an EA game. The game makers at EALA have brought The Lord of the Rings world to life in accordance with an agreement with The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises that grants EA the rights to develop games based on the books, in addition to a separate agreement that allows for games based on the New Line Cinema films.
For more information about The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II and The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II Collectorâs Edition please visit: http://www.bfme2.ea.com.