From Sci-fi Wire:
Electronic Arts announced that The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II is ready for manufacture and will hit store shelves in North America on March 2. The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II is the sequel to the critically acclaimed real-time strategy game The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth and was developed at EA’s Los Angeles studio for the PC, under the EA brand.
Battle for Middle-earth II offers all-new content based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original Rings books and allows the player to delve deeper and engage in new battles that go beyond Peter Jackson’s award-winning movie trilogy. The game was developed in accordance with an agreement with the Saul Zaentz Co. doing business as Tolkien Enterprises, which granted EA the rights to develop games based on the books, in addition to EA’s separate agreement that allowed for games based on the New Line Cinema movies.
In Battle for Middle-earth II, players wage war in the northern regions of Middle-earth, where they can choose to assume command of elven and dwarven armies or fight on the side of evil. Hugo Weaving reprises his role as Lord Elrond.
The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II will be available at select retailers as a collector’s edition, with a suggested price of $59.99, or as a regular edition priced at $49.99.