I have some rather fond memories of this game. Well, nostalgia glasses on, of course, but I remember it was quite nice. You could even create your own hero ! And Lord of the Rings !
So lately I’ve been looking for the game, since my old boxed copy (the base game + the Angmar expansion) has been lost for good between two appartments.
And I simply can’t find the game at a decent price. It’s not on steam, not on Origin, not on GoG, and for the physical copies (on Amazon and various sites), well…let’s say that I’m not keen on paying 45+ euros for a used copy of a decade-old game, nor paying 150+ for a brand new copy, thank you very much. I’ve seen the expansion alone (ok, it’s an expandalone, but still) at 80 euros…for a second-hand CD.
So, what exactly happened to this game ? A few years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to see old games at ludicrous prices, especially when they had been discontinued, but now, everything is on steam or GoG, even the long-lost Homeworld : Cataclysm.
I assume EA simply lost the rights to LOTR and the game was discontinued, but are there more financial/legal shenanigans behind it ? (Like, say, the legal vacuum Homeworld Cataclysm fell into at one point and the loss of its source code ?)