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The first Real-time Strategy game to hit the Xbox 360 has a demo LIVE on Marketplace today! The award-winning The Lord of the Rings™, The Battle for Middle-earth™ II for the Xbox 360™ made its exclusive console debut when it hits store shelves July 7, 2006. This innovative game takes you into the heart of Middle-earth to live the battles seen in the blockbuster New Line Cinema films and detailed in the classic J.R.R. Tolkien literary fiction. Command the epic battles of Middle-earth presented in spectacular high-definition from the comfort of your living room couch. Challenge friends online and engage in intense, action-packed real-time battles over Xbox LIVE™ – a first in The Lord of the Rings™ videogame series. Directly control hundreds of units in an attempt to defeat enemy armies, conquer new lands, and seal the fate of Middle-earth.

In this robust demo, experience a slice of the campaign that takes you deep into the War in the North in order to tip the balance in the War of the Ring in this robust demo. Familiarize yourself with the tutorial and then travel to Lorien where you’ll either attempt to defeat the Elven stronghold in the midst of a Goblin siege. Access Xbox LIVE to battle your friends in intense 1-on-1 multiplayer battles that pit you against the Goblins or Elves in Buckland. Will your armies have the fortitude to persevere?

Now is your chance to take total control of all Middle-earth and decide its fate like never before!

The demo includes:

* Introductory tutorial level - learn how to play RTS on Xbox 360
* Evil Lorien - 1st mission from the single player Evil Campaign
* Buckland 1v1 Xbox LIVE Multiplayer Map
o Battle friends in 1-on-1 multiplayer battles on Xbox Live
o Play as either the Goblin or Elven faction

To Download The Demo:

1. Sign in to Xbox LIVE from the Xbox Dashboard.
2. Download your free demo from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

For more info about connecting to Xbox LIVE, visit www.xbox.com.

Developed at EA’s Los Angeles studio, The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II for the Xbox 360 offers a new depth of The Lord of the Rings fiction never before explored in an EA console 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.

The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II for the Xbox 360 is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $59.99. The official videogame website can be found at http://www.ea.com/official/lordoftherings/bfme2_360/us/home.jsp.

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