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EA Ships The Lord of The Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth

Game and film fans alike are picking sides to decide the fate of Middle-earth as Electronic Arts (EA) releases the eagerly awaited PC realtime strategy game, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH. Based on the film trilogy, THE LORD OF THE RINGS fans will be able to command the heroes and armies from all three movies as they find themselves immersed in the quest for domination of Middle-earth.

Gondor, Rohan, Mordor and Isengard are available and awaiting a players command. Each with their own distinct heroes, strengths, and weaknesses, the battle for Middle-earth has commenced and players must lead their chosen army to victory. Gamers must create offensive and defensive strategies set in the memorable battle locations taken straight from the big screen. THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH brings the stunning visuals and sounds of the films directly to the PC with extensive use of the movie's digital assets, film clips musical score and voice over from the real actors.

"Fans of THE LORD OF THE RINGS movies can't wait to get their hands on this game," commented Mark Skaggs, vp/exec producer at EA. "Imagine controlling all the strategies and tactics of the largest battles in Middle-earth? Even better: lead the forces of evil if you so desire in the quest for the One Ring! All the drama of the fiction is here, set to majestic visuals with meticulous detail and an incredible musical score."

Officially licensed by New Line Cinema, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH was developed exclusively for the PC at EA's Los Angeles studio. The game is rated "T" (Teen) with descriptor Violence by the ESRB and has a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Electronic Arts Inc., headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, EA posted revenues of $2.96 billion for fiscal 2004. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com.

New Line Cinema is one of the oldest and most successful independent film companies in the world. In addition to the production, marketing and distribution of theatrical motion pictures, the fully-integrated studio has divisions devoted to home entertainment, television, music, theater, licensing, merchandising and international marketing and distribution. Together with its subsidiary, Fine Line Features, New Line is a unit of Time Warner.