Battle for Middle-Earth: Reforged is still hard at work. After over 2 years of development, we’re getting a new peek at the gameplay for the fan-made remake of the classic RTS game.
For those unfamiliar, BFME: Reforged is a fan-driven passion project, rebuilding the original Battle for Middle-Earth RTS game from 2006 onto the Unreal Engine 4.
The original game, developed as part of EA’s IP deal, is one of the more popular games in the genre, but it remains unreasonably difficult to acquire and play, double so if your PC decides it doesnt like the software.
But people are dedicated. In 2018, a group of developers banded together to begin work on Reforged, which aims to bring the classic game into the modern era via the Unreal Engine 4 (one of the most visually impressive game engines to date).
The project has come back into our journalistic light after releasing an 18 minute long progress video, showcasing some of the gameplay and graphics from the project. It’s definitely looking good!
The legality of the project concerns us, admittedly. Making video games based on other people’s intellectual property is always risky, lest the company that owns that IP takes legal action. The development website lists itself as a non-commercial group, but they do accept donations. We also know how EA can be with commercial property. Not that long ago, they shut down a fan-made recreation of the original Sim City, after all.
All in all, we wish them the best in development and can’t wait to see what the final project will look like.