EA ships The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II for Xbox 360

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

The Xbox 360 gets its first Lord of the Rings videogame with the release of Electronic Arts' "The Battle for Middle-earth II". The company said that it has begun shipping the game to stores nationwide today and expects the game to become available for purchase on 7 July.

The Battle for Middle-earth II slide show

According to EA, the strategy game offers a "console-specific control scheme that allows novice players to enjoy the game's signature strategy gameplay while giving expert strategy players the flexibility needed to engage in deeply complex battles." Several hundreds of units can be controlled at the same time in which players attempt to defeat enemy armies and conquer new lands.

The Xbox 360 version is based on the original PC game, which allows players to command the epic battles of the trilogy in the look of the recent Lord of the Rings movies. The console game also includes a multi-player, through which gamers can challenge others online and engage in real-time battles over Microsoft's Xbox Live service.