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  EA Shutting Down BFME Servers - Official news
  Posted by: Digz on 12-03-2010 @ 12:48 - Source: EA Games
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This is it folks, EA are shutting down the BFME servers for good, they intend to keep them going until midnight New Years Eve, so go online and have a few games for the old times, remember it and cherish it for it will be all we have left; a great memory.

Fellow adventurers, It is with a heavy heart that we come to you today. After a long time of Middle-Earth mayhem and fun, we are saddened to let you know that the games within this franchise will no longer be available for purchase, and online servers will no longer be active after December 31st 2010 at midnight PST.

We hope you've enjoyed the Battle for Middle-Earth franchise as much as we have.

Please visit commandandconquer.com and EA.com for access to EA's other strategy titles and a glimpse into what we're working on next.

This is truly an end of an era, one of the biggest and best RTS series is going to loose its online community, with many people either playing in small numbers with Hamachi, or moving to something called 'Gameranger.' I haven't tested this myself, and may not intend to, but from now on it looks as though the BFME series has called its day.

Of course if you are still making maps and mods, we will host them for you and keep this community alive as best as we can.

Until D-Day, have lots of games from the BFME series and it's honestly been a pleasure competing with all of you and getting right to the top of the game. We make the community, we make them their money, do not let them forget that.

I'd like to finish off with one of the greatest speeches in a movie ever made, you all probably guessed it correctly, Theoden's speech at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields:

"Forth! Down fear of darkness! Arise! Arise, Riders of Theoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day... a red day... and the sun rises! Ride now... Ride now... Ride! Ride for ruin and the world's ending! Death!!!!!!"

Get gaming for this month only, it is truly a last in a lifetime opportunity, I wish all of you BFME players the greatest success in your last month online, and you'll most probably find me rekindling my former glory, or least trying to...

Dhiresh 'Digz' Bhatt

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 #1 - WHY I RATED: 1 - 12-04-2010 at 11:59
From: (Norwich)
Joined: October 27th, 2008
Posts: 38
I rated this a 1, this is because I want someone to kill me right now, this is terrible news frown If you agree with me, rate 1! mad

Aaargh!!! EA can't do this!!! And I was hoping for a 4th BFME due to the soon release of the Hobbit movie.........

 #2 - 12-04-2010 at 12:26
Digz (Staff)
From: (London)
Joined: March 26th, 2006
Posts: 1090
This is a decision that makes me extremely angry, this game has been one of the best RTS' released in a long time, I would personally rate it above most Command and Conquer games because I love LotR more than CnC.

It's a rubbish decision but Warner Bros. have bought the rights to LotR so its up to them to make a new game or another RTS but it won't be called BFME as EA hold the rights to that.

 #3 - 12-05-2010 at 08:15
From: (Hoorn Noord-Holland)
Joined: December 17th, 2008
Posts: 280
omg i still play bfme 1, 2 and rotwk online frown with mods and without mods almost every match i played online was great. EA better make a new lotr rts game witch must be very good mad or EA will die too Two Thumbs Down!

 #4 - 12-05-2010 at 11:05
Digz (Staff)
From: (London)
Joined: March 26th, 2006
Posts: 1090
EA cannot make a new LotR RTS game, they've lost the rights, its up to Warner Bros. now and I doubt they'd make a good RTS...

 #5 - Hmm, what if? - 12-06-2010 at 09:35
From: (Norwich)
Joined: October 27th, 2008
Posts: 38
I don't like this Like I've said in my above post. For me and I'm sure everyone else will agree with me here on this:

BFME, BFME 2/ROTWK are the BEST Lord of the Rings games ever created for pc. Rock (however mods for games such as Rome total war are good - even though I do not play this LOTR mod, due to a computer problem I've got at the moment, Ive heard its awesome and I'll be downloading it as soon as I can - looks like this mod might get more downloads because of this.........)

One more thing to add, I have no idea when it comes to computer software programs etc confused but would it be possible that people could still play online via a program like hamachi, even if the original servers from EA are taken down? If so, not all is lost eh. ?

 #6 - 12-08-2010 at 01:30
From: (Perth)
Joined: December 8th, 2010
Posts: 1
Digz, you really should take a look at GameRanger. It's the best option for continuing this forward without fragmenting BFME.

 #7 - 12-08-2010 at 12:31
Digz (Staff)
From: (London)
Joined: March 26th, 2006
Posts: 1090
Scott, I'll have a try when this month finishes and I'll report back, I'm sure some others will also try it and have a go, no harm in trying I suppose smile

 #8 - Go to Gamereplays - 12-13-2010 at 17:59
From: (Coldfront)
Joined: December 13th, 2010
Posts: 1
The best of the best of sites, we plan to make servers for BFME 2 and ROTWK

 #9 - ah man - 01-05-2011 at 03:55
Joined: January 5th, 2011
Posts: 1
I must have been one of the first to buy these games as i love lotr and love strat games from EA, this has made me very sad and empty lol. I have tried game ranger but there are too many glitches or bugs at the moment, with people not being able to join or unable to join certain games makes it all to deppressing to carry, but i will meet them in Battle nonetheless !!!!

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