Return to the classic gameplay of the first Battle for Middle-earth, reimagined with countless new heroes, units and abilities. Journey deeper into Tolkien's world than ever before, relive the movies through meticulously crafted visuals and forge your path to victory in epic strategic battles.
Take command of seven unique factions and over 10 subfactions, with two more full factions underway!
Raise mighty castles, conquer settlements and outposts to rally your forces, then venture forth to lay siege to your foes.
Take the battle to new unique maps, including all from the first game and special missions.
Master the One Ring with unique Ring Heroes for every faction.
Lead dozens of new heroes or create your own custom hero with new abilities.
Discuss new ideas with the community and find solutions for problems and issues.
In our last update we unveiled our work on the new faction Imladris!
Today we want to seize the opportunity to introduce to you a fundamental change of the Patch 4.4.
For a fairly long time there were problems with the ring mechanic. Sometimes units were stuck whil e transferring the Ring, many units weren‘t allowed to pick up the Ring because of that and of course the AI wasn‘t able to use our system.
So we sat down together and developed a new system that solves all mentioned problems, thus enabling the AI to use the Ring for the first time in the upcoming patch 4.4!
The One Ring will still be dropped by Gollum, when he‘s been found and defeated but ordinary units will no longer be able to interact with it. Exactly like predefined by the historical context, only the Ring hero or the Ring heroes of a faction will be able to pick up and use the Ring.
The following video illustrates this by the means of a test map. It also demonstrates how flawlessly the AI handles the Ring mechanic:
With this change the player is now urged to recruit a ring hero as early as possible so that the One Ring may really be used. This might create a situation during a game where Gollum is found and defeated but the Ring can‘t be used yet, because the corresponding Ring hero hasn‘t set foot on the battlefield.
To prevent the Ring from just lying arround uselessly for some time we though of another function:
Gollum, the Ring thief. The function is shown in the last part of the video. The Ring may be clicked and has a time line. Once it‘s been depleted without a Ring hero using the One Ring, Gollum appears, steals the Ring and wanders cloaked upon the map again.
We think this change is reallly innovative but it especially fixes many present problems and enables the AI to use the Ring.
Additonally we want to show you the Ring mechanic of Imladris, which is quite unique among the factions. Here we were pretty creative with our concepts and thought of a system that, based on the knowledge at hand, seemed very fitting. Elrond still will be the ring hero but won‘t act as such, Instead Elrond summons the Fellowship of the Ring, to carry the burden of the One Ring:
The Fellowship consists of Frodo, Merry, Sam, Pippin, Gimli, Aragorn, Legolas, Boromir and Gandalf. They may level up and use skills regularly and drop the One Ring once every member of the Fellowship has died.
We hope you enjoyed today‘s update and look forward to your feedback!
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Highest Rated (115 agree) 10/10
You could think im exxagerating the value of this mod,but i can only tell you : try with your hands. Edain mod is without any doubt the best RTS based on the LotR series,and,but this is just my opinion,the best RTS overall. While being much more true to tolkien than any other EA's work,it combines great complexity with good-balance in an excellent way. But what,above all things,makes this mod stand out are the models of the units,heroes and buildings,just take a look to the gallery on the site…
Oct 19 2010 by TheMost
Lowest Rated (22 agree) 5/10
Mordor and other evil factions are overpowered including their heroes and ringheroes. Especially Lorien and Imladris are too weak and their ringheros are not powerful enough to be ringheroes (and Galadriel is far too weak to be Galadriel. Make it to be like in the Lone Wolf mod: two palantir and stronger powers, etc.)... All ringheroes should be as powerful as Sauron, because now it's not fair. Almost all good factions are underpowered. Ents should be better than trolls (except armoured ones), because…
Oct 17 2012 by TheLapari