The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth Ships!

The Lord of the Rings’™ Fans Rise
Up!

EA SHIPS The Lord of the Rings™,
The Battle for Middle-earth™ One game to rule them all!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Dec. 6, 2004
– Today game and film fans alike are picking sides to decide the fate of
Middle-earth as Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) announces the release of the
eagerly-awaited PC game, The Lord of the Rings™, The Battle for Middle-earth™.
Based on the Academy Award®-winning film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings fans
will command the heroes and armies from all three movies as they find themselves
immersed in the quest for domination of Middle-earth. Developed exclusively for
the PC under the EA GAMES™ brand, The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for
Middle-earth is a real-time strategy game (RTS) that will capture the
imagination of both gamers and The Lord of the Rings fans, alike.

Choose your army! Gondor, Rohan,
Mordor and Isengard are available and awaiting your command. Each with their own
distinct heroes, strengths, and weaknesses, the battle for Middle-earth has
commenced and players must lead their chosen army to victory. Prepare for war by
creating offensive and defensive strategies set in the memorable battle
locations taken straight from the big screen. The Lord of the Rings, The Battle
for Middle-earth brings the stunning visuals and sounds of the films directly to
the PC with extensive use of the movie’s digital assets, film clips musical
score, and voiceover from the real actors.

“Fans of The Lord of the Rings
movies can’t wait to get their hands on this game,” commented Mark Skaggs, Vice
President and Executive Producer at EA. “Imagine controlling all the strategies
and tactics of the largest battles in Middle-earth. Even better: lead the forces
of evil–if you so desire–in the quest for the One Ring! All the drama of the
fiction is here, set to majestic visuals with meticulous detail and an
incredible musical score.” Top gaming publications have already started to rave
about The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth…

“A gloriously cinematic RTS game
that matches the epic scale of the movies.” – PC Gamer

“The ultimate fantasy strategy
game.” – Computer Gaming World

“A bona fide triple-A title.” – Game
Informer

Officially licensed by New Line
Cinema, The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth was developed at EA’s
Los Angeles studio. The game is rated "T" (Teen) with descriptor Violence by the
ESRB and has a US MSRP of $49.99. For more information, please visit EA’s 
or the game’s official web site

www.eagames.com/official/lordoftherings/thebattleformiddleearth/us/index.jsp

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA),
headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world’s leading interactive
entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, EA posted revenues of $2.96
billion for fiscal 2004. The company develops, publishes, and distributes
interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and
the Internet. In 2003, EA had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies.
Electronic Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA
GAMES™ and EA SPORTS BIG™. EA’s homepage and online game site is
www.ea.com .releases can be found on the
Internet at http://info.ea.com

Electronic Arts, EA, EA SPORTS, EA
SPORTS BIG and EA GAMES are trademarks or, registered trademarks of Electronic
Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. "The Lord of the Rings" and the
names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of The
Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises under license to New Line
Productions, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
owners.

About New Line Cinema

New Line Cinema is the oldest and
most successful independent film company in the world. In addition to the
production, marketing and distribution of theatrical motion pictures, the
fully-integrated studio has divisions devoted to home entertainment, television,
music, theater, licensing, merchandising and international marketing and
distribution. New Line is a pioneer in franchise filmmaking and its
Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy is the most successful film
franchise in history. Together with its subsidiary, Fine Line Features, New Line
is a unit of Time Warner.