Battle For Middle-Earth Is Getting A Fan Remake In Unreal Engine 4

Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth, developed by EA Los Angeles (now DICE Los Angeles) was a darn good RTS, enough to warrant a sequel. But that was released 12 years ago. While a third instalment is unlikely, that hasn’t stopped a fan project, called Battle for Middle-Earth: Reforged, from attempting a remake.

Battle for Middle-Earth: Reforged is a recreation of the RTS using Epic’s UE4, the idea being to use a new engine, but “preserve as much of the old gameplay” as possible. The main difference will be “realistic physics”.

Along with “up-to-date 3D graphics [and] FX effects [sic]” the game will support “dynamic and destructible landscapes and terrains” and a focus on “no more lags [sic]” multiplayer.

Speaking of multiplayer, this will be the main focus of development with a campaign possible if “everything is successful”.

There’s no release date, though a beta version should be available at the start of next year. As for copyright issues:

Yes, we worry a bit, when it comes to [Warner Bros.] and their possible reaction, however, take many examples of non commercial projects of Total War, Skyrim or other engines. We still have an advantage: Unreal Engine 4 is free for non commercial projects, so anybody could play the game for free!

I’m a bit concerned about the use of UE4’s license as some kind of shield (which has nothing to do Reforged‘s use of LOTR IP). We can always hope it, somehow, flies under WB’s radar.

Battle for Middle-Earth: Reforged [Official site, via Frags of War]


  • I have always said that SEGA should do a Total War Middle earth. Its the perfect game engine for LOTR.

  • Oh they are going to get spanked by so many lawyers.

    The original was fun I enjoyed being evil and turning Sam and Frodo into a red smear on the ground with a cave troll. Not to mention destroying the invincible ghost army with a Balrog

  • Hi, I just want to point out that they stole a lot of art from the BfME HD Editions. They haven’t even credited the artists and lied to their face when confronted about it.

    If you want to play BfME in HD then I certainly recommend getting the HD Editions or getting one of the HD mods available. I’m a modder and I’d appreciate the people I work with getting recognised for their art, it’s a real buzzkill and slap on the face when people just steal.

  • Battle For Middle-Earth Was* Getting A Fan Remake In Unreal Engine 4.

    Until Kotaku advertisied it and they got C&D’s 5 seconds later.

  • Cease and decease letters will be sent out once this project gets far enough along. To piss everyone off and crust hopes and dreams!

  • They should have called it a mod that requires the original games (ala the KOTOR remake) – which is a handy way to avoid these sorts of tussles.

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