800x_BoFA_CoverAres Games has just posted their first preview of The Battle of Five Armies, a new game in their War of The Ring line. The game is stand alone, and depicts the final battle of The Hobbit. The game features an updated game engine from the one used in the “Minas Tirith” and “Rohan” battle games included in the “Battles of the Third Age” expansion for War of the Ring.

While the title may be “The Battle of Five Armies”, the game will be strictly 2 player. One player will take control of the Shadow armies led by Bolg, son of Azog, the King of the Goblins of Mount Gundabad. The other, the Free Peoples army, is composed of Elves, Dwarves and Men.

The Battle of Five Armies will be releasing next spring. There’s no word on pricing just yet.