In the closing months of the 20th century, Digital Illusions released a little effort called Codename: Eagle. Despite being several shades of rubbish, it developed a cult following at LAN parties who loved its particular unique brand of vehicular mayhem that hadn't been seen before. DICE went on to develop the idea into the Battlefield series and the rest, they say, was history.
Whenever there's a commercial success, you can guarantee that others will want in on the action and it wasn't long before Lucasarts commissioned a Star Wars-based clone. Battlefront was the name and it was Pandemic's game. Years passed, deals were done and Pandemic has ended up under the wing of Electronic Arts. Lacking the Star Wars license, EA decided to put them too work on a license they did own – The Lord of the Rings.