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T3A News » BFME3 ANNOUNCED

Posted March 31, 2015. By Mathijs | View Comments

2015 APRIL FOOLS

 

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So the Revora inbox received this just now:

 

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES

 

THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH 3: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES
FOR XBOX ONE™, PLAYSTATION® 4, and WINDOWS™ PC
THE BELOVED MIDDLE-EARTH REAL TIME STRATEGY GAME RETURNS

 

Burbank, Calif. - March 31, 2015 - Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces today that The Battle for Middle-earth 3: The Battle of the Five Armies, an epic real time strategy game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's renowned novels is set to launch on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows® PC in 2016.

"Having secured the rights to this fabled franchise, we can finally bring The Battle for Middle-earth into the current generation of video games," says Isaac Johnston, High King, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "Utilizing the award-winning people behind 2014's 'Shadow of Mordor', we are looking to both satisfy the existing The Battle for Middle-earth fanbase as well as evolve its concepts to attract new gamers to this franchise. This is going to be the Lord of the Rings RTS experience fans have been waiting for."

 

Developed in association with Middle-earth Enterprises, The Battle for Middle-earth 3: The Battle of the Five Armies is based primarily on the recently concluded The Hobbit trilogy, bringing with it an extensive campaign (playable both on- and offline) mixing RPG elements with the familiar Battle for Middle-earth RTS quality. Players will take control of Thorin and his Company as they set out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the terrible Smaug. Move strategically across Middle-earth using the all-new Living World Map, defeat the forces of Azog and the Necromancer, and raise your armies to prevent the destruction of all free folk.

 

Choose your side as you play online against your friends, taking command of one of eight unique factions. The Battle for Middle-earth 3: The Battle of the Five Armies sees the return of old favorites Gondor, Rohan, Mordor and Isengard, while adding the new, Hobbit-based factions of the noble Greenwood, sturdy Erebor, savage Gundabad and sinister Dol Guldur. Rise through the ranks of the official Battle for Middle-earth 3: The Battle of the Five Armies ladder and prove that you are the greatest commander in Middle-earth.

 

http://www.bfme3.net/

 

As you can imagine, I am currently picking my jaw up off the floor. It's looking very early days still, but still, I can glean so much promise from the first bits of information.

Here's hoping for modding tools.

Lone Wolf Updates » Return of Shadow 9th faction revealed

Posted March 10, 2015. By Radspakr Wolfbane | View Comments



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Battle of the 9 Armies

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Wait that's not right...
Well you get the idea.
The 9th faction will be Erebor, faction of the shaving adversed.

Erebor has been the faction I've wanted to release most but at the same time it has always been the faction with the largest workload.
Finally Erebor has started progressing enough to be released in the nearish future.


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Erebor are a powerhouse infantry faction fielding a large number of strong infantry units for both attack and defence.
Familiar faces will make up the hero list like Gimli, Gloin, Dwalin and King Dain Ironfoot.
Via the spell store other dwarf heroes will also be making an appearance such as Thorin Oakenshield and his ill fated companions.

Breaking with tradition Erebor won't be coming alone they'll be released at the same time as the Strongholds.



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Lone Wolf Updates » Return of Shadow Beta 0.2 released

Posted February 5, 2015. By Radspakr Wolfbane | View Comments



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Return of Shadow Beta 0.2

Download Link



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Rivendell is now finally available for play without having to use a game mode code.
The mod now has 7 factions available.
Rivendell plays differently from the other factions it uses a good variety of strong units culminating in some powerful elite units with exclusive upgrades.
As well as the support unit the Lightbearer that can be upgraded to use either Healing, Defensive of Offensive spells.



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Notes

Beta 0.2 is the first full version release since Beta 0.15 and has a new file structure and updated launcher.
The file size has been reduced as well by trimming as much fat as possible bringing the current size down to 2.5gb from somewhere around 4gb.

A new optional addon is coming soon that will change the look of the game slightly to give a more cinematic look.
The UI has an updated look to match the Return of Shadow theme, even the launcher has been tweaked to match it.

Check out roschangelist.txt for a full list of changes.
Beta 0.2 also includes a small hotfix 0.21 that fixes a few issues I noticed while I was slowly uploading the Beta (it took me about a week to do so).

An installer and old version uninstaller is planned to be released later today.

You can also read the updated manual from the download section.
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T3A News » Early 2015: A Good Start for T3A

Posted February 3, 2015. By Mathijs | View Comments

Hey all,

 

It's been one hell of a good start of the new year for T3A.

 

January is barely out of the door and we've already secured three new hostees!

 

Immersive Middle-earth [BFME1]

Echo's Chamber of Secrets

Middle-earth Expanded [BFME2 and RotWK]

 

There's also been a noticeable rise in activity (mainly in the modding forums, which is where we want it), and the T3A:Online server has games going every night now.

 

I'm confident we can continue this trend throughout the coming months. 

 

Thanks for being here,

 

Mathijs

T3A Leader

 

Lone Wolf Updates » Return of Shadow Beta 0.2 News and the next faction revealed

Posted January 30, 2015. By Radspakr Wolfbane | View Comments

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Beta 0.2 News and the next Faction

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After giving it some thought I've decided to skip Beta 0.18 and jump right to Beta 0.2 which is more or less ready and is being uploaded.
Due to my circumstances it will take a few days to get the Beta up and running since I have to upload it piece meal.


I've done pretty much everything I had set out to do with Beta 0.2 and the faction is mostly complete in about the same stage as Dunland was with 1.55 with only minor fixes to go.

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So the next faction will be The Strongholds.
Not exactly shocking I know, but currently it is the evil faction most complete and I want to try and keep to the good-evil-good-evil pattern of faction releases.

So as I mentioned in the announcement news for Strongholds the faction is the combination of the Deep and Dol Guldur factions.
I showed a couple preview images a couple days ago to whet your whistles.
Now I guess I'll reveal the tech tree.

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Strongholds

 

Units

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Moria Goblin Warriors
Moria Goblin Archers
Moria Goblin Spearmen

Dol Guldur Soldiers - Strong Infantry units
Dol Guldur Strongbows - Strong Ranged units

Warg Riders -

Cave Troll - 
Stone Troll - Ranged Troll/Artillery unit
Olog Hai - Powerful elite unit.

Great Spider - Fast moving unit that can auto heal and weakens enemy when attacking.

 

Buildings

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Deep work Pit - Primary resource building.
Dol Guldur Forge - Resource building that provides upgrades at level 2.
Moria Deep - The main building for the Moria units trains Goblin Warriors, Archers and Spears/
Dol Guldur Barracks - Trains the Dol Guldur Soldiers and Strongbows.
Wolf Meet - Trains the Warg Riders.
Troll Cave - Trains the Cave Troll, Stone Troll and Olog Hai
Spider Nest - Buildable from the Economy plot after the Brood Faction Upgrade has been purchased.
Towers - 
War Works - Battering Ram,Ladders

 

Heroes

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Lug - Early game hero
Mashduk - The spontaneous one
Mashgur - Archer hero
Gurguk - My favourite Orc and sometimes Forum lurker. 
Gimbul - Goblin Leader
Bolguk - Goblin Leader 
Blackmaw - Great Warg
Brood Mother - Queen of the Mirkwood Spiders available with the Brood Faction Upgrade.
 

Spells



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Call of the Deep - Targeted Work pit gains double experience for a short time.
Befoul - Similar to Taint - -50% armour and removes fear resistance

Azog Lives - Summons Azog
Bounty - Upgrades the Work Pit and Forge to provide upgrades
Rally

Swarm - Permanently increases the movement speed for Moria and Mountain Goblins
Darkness
Drums in the Deep - (Call the Horde)

TBA
Dark Influence
Nazgul Summon

Balrog

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Upgrades



Basic Training - 
Tainted Arrows - (additional damage to units)
Heavy Armour - 
Deadly Blades - 
Troll Training - Ranks up Ettens and Olog Hai

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Faction Upgrades


GKU
Murder Holes
Tower Tainted Arrows - Tower arrows slightly slow and weaken armour
Strength Training - Improves the firing rate and range of Stone Trolls
Broods - Unlocks Brood Mother and spider units

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