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EA Ships Lord Of The Rings: The Rise Of The Witch-King Game

Electronic Arts has shipped THE LORD OF THE RING, THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH II, THE RISE OF THE WITCH-KING to retailers worldwide. As the expansion pack to the fan favorite, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH II, this realtime strategy (RTS) game enhances every feature and offers players the chance to command the rise of evil in Middle-earth, while experiencing the epic battles that took place before those depicted in the films from New Line Cinema.

The videogame features an entirely new faction, completely new single player campaign and additional units for all six existing factions. The all new single player campaign tells the story of the evil Witch-king's rise to power and invasion of the great kingdom of Arnor, home to Aragorn's ancestors. Gamers can now play as the Angmar faction in skirmish, multiplayer, and War of the Ring modes. Create-A-Hero's entirely new and unique Troll class gives players more creative freedom for their heroes, in addition to new weapons and armor to help players customize their favorite heroes. War of the Ring, a risk-style meta-game, offers upgraded army persistence, a new siege dynamic on the Living World Map, and unified territories that serve as major control points.

An EA Los Angeles (EALA) game developed exclusively for the PC under the EA brand, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH II, THE RISE OF THE WITCH-KING includes all new content from J.R.R. Tolkien's original fiction, and allows the player to delve deeper than ever before engaging in battles that go beyond the award-winning movie trilogy. EALA has an agreement with The Saul Zaentz Co. 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, THE RISE OF THE WITCH-KING requires THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH II for the PC in order to play. This game is rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB, and retails for $29.99, and will be on North American store shelves Nov. 30, 2006 for the PC.

For more information about either title, please visit www.bfme2.ea.com.

Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts Inc. (EA, www.ea.com), headquartered in Redwood City, California, develops, publishes and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS, EA, EA SPORTS BIG and POGO.

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