One of the pitfalls of creating great villains is that occasionally the villain's minion can actually overshadow his boss. J.R.R. Tolkien came perilously close to that when he created the Black Riders, former kings among Men who now serve Sauron as his chief proxies. Sauron is evil, of course, but he's also just a huge disembodied eye lording over the Dark Tower. The Riders, on the other hand, they had style; particularly their leader, the Witch-king of Angmar.
EA plans to explore this fascinating character in the expansion pack for The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II. The Rise of the Witch-king casts the players as the Lord of the Nine. The time is 1,300 years after Sauron fell during the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. In preparation for Sauron's return, his head flunky takes over a Northern kingdom and does battle with the kingdom of Arnor, home of Aragorn's ancestors. We recently got the opportunity to quiz the producer of the expansion pack about what players can expect when players step into the Witch-king's steel-tipped boots.