Using the Lord Of The Rings movie license, The Battle for Middle-earth is a Real-Time Strategy game based upon both the renown literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and the film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. Players are given control of enormous armies in the many of the epic battles depicted in the film. From waging all-out combat among the vast forces of good and evil to controlling your favorite heroes and characters to managing the troops.

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About Return of Shadow with 2 comments by Radspakr on Apr 26th, 2015

Access Beta Program

In the past I had a program called the Access Beta which was a closed beta available to selected members. The program fell into disuse after a while but now that I'm back with a new site and forum I'm bringing it back.
The Access Beta is an invitational beta that allows early access to future releases including some stuff that is still in development like future factions like Erebor and Strongholds.
Members of the program play, discuss and test the beta to find any bugs I miss and fix them before the public beta.

You can sign up for the Access Beta Program over on the forums.

Videos and Livestreams

I've been testing out some capture software and I'm looking to start posting videos again very soon.
These videos will be gameplay footage, map showcases and teasers.
I'm also looking into doing some livestreams in the future, maybe showcasing future stuff.


Over on the forums I've been at work setting up the new Faction subforums so that you can get information and discussion on the factions for Return of Shadow.
Erebor has an updated Tech Tree.

Work continues on both the new version of Beta 0.21 and version 0.22.
More news on that sometime soon.

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Installer/Uninstaller combo
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Installer/Uninstaller combo

Feb 5, 2015 Return of Shadow Installer Tool 2 comments

Uninstalls the old files. Installs Beta 0.2. Simply drop in the folder you extracted to and run.

Return of Shadow Beta 0.2
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Return of Shadow Beta 0.2

Feb 4, 2015 Return of Shadow Full Version 111 comments

Return of Shadow Beta 0.2 Adds the Rivendell faction to the mod. As well as a multitude of other changes. Balance changes for Dunland and Lorien. This...

Return of Shadow manual 0.2
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Return of Shadow manual 0.2

Feb 4, 2015 Return of Shadow Guides 1 comment

The updated manual for Beta 0.2 Containing updated information on all 7 factions.

Version 0.85
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Version 0.85

Feb 2, 2015 Middle Earth-Extended Edition Full Version 10 comments

Hello everyone, version 0.85 has been released. I Would like to thank all those who supported me during the last three years.

Immersive Middle Earth v 1.2 (INI file only)
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Immersive Middle Earth v 1.2 (INI file only)

Jan 9, 2015 Immersive Middle Earth Patch 0 comments

For those who already have the original Immersive Middle Earth files. Just replace the INI file with this one to get the benefits of the updated version...

Immersive Middle Earth v. 1.2
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Immersive Middle Earth v. 1.2

Jan 8, 2015 Immersive Middle Earth Full Version 4 comments

A combination of personal mods and other tweaks. Download this if you do not have any previous versions of this mod. Already includes all patches

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MasterDan1742 Sep 21 2005, 2:37pm says:

BFME 2 looks like it would be a warcraft 3 type of game but with platoons i hate warcraft 3 like the dwarfs are HUGE! they arnt like that other hero dwarf that i just forgot his name...

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Lauri Jul 28 2005, 11:51am says:

Actually there are 3 new factions, Elves, Dwarves and Goblins. And you now have the oppotunity to make walls and buildings whereeva. And you can also have sea battles.

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fino963 Jul 27 2005, 11:12pm says:

It was announced on July 25 that there will be a new installment from EA in the BFME series. It adds two new factions: Elves and Dwarves, and adds battles that were never seen in the movies, but are inspired by the books. I'M SO PUMPED!!

Chack out for more details!

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bfmerocks Jul 17 2005, 9:08am says:

this is the best rts game.

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ljauk Jan 11 2005, 3:14pm says:

Anyone able to do a Camera Mod for this?

I would like to be able to zoom out a bit farther than the game allows by default. It feels a bit cramped as it stands.

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Kelso Jan 10 2005, 12:02am says:

Haha. That would be an interesting sight to behold! Sounds like another Command and Conquer esque alternate reality.

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Phantasmagoria Jan 9 2005, 10:21am says:

I wanted to explore the possibility of ADDING the Rise of Rome units into the game instead of replacing the current BFME races/units. That way we can have all the current BFME races plus the races from Rise of Rome all in one great battle!

Ideally I envision Isengard forces under siege by the Roman Army or Gondor pitted against Germania.

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Prose Jan 6 2005, 2:05pm says:

Holy snap! Many hours are being spent on this game. Needs a few fixes, but overall great!

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Handshakes Dec 25 2004, 1:59pm says:

It came, it sucked, it screwed me out of fifty bucks. **** you Mark Skaggs, **** you...

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HangPhyr Dec 22 2004, 6:57am says:

Game is released, profile should be updated.

Anywho, not a bad game I guess. I didn't really like it, not my style of RTS.

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best game ever gondor rulez

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