Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Announced

Recently an announcement was made from Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment that development has begun on a new and original Tolkien property for next-gen consoles, titled Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The press release noted some nifty information regarding this new Tolkien based game. It’s being released as a next-generation, third-person action game set in Middle-earth that will explore an original story of vengeance and redemption. The game is currently in development for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.


In this particular Middle-earth game, players will take on the role of Talion, a valiant ranger whose family is slain in front of him the same night Sauron and his army return to Mordor, moments before his own life is taken. He is then resurrected by a Spirit of Vengeance and empowered with Wraith abilities, to which he ventures into Mordor vowing to destroy those who have wronged him. Through the course of this personal vendetta, Talion uncovers the truth of the Spirit that compels him, learns the origins of the Rings of Power and ultimately confronts his true nemesis.


Players will get to explore the dark and very personal theme of vengeance in a world where decisions will have a consequence, and these consequences will continue to persist even after death. It will introduce new gameplay mechanics to the action genre, creating opportunities for emergent and customisable gameplay that will be rewarding for players.


Each enemy that a player will face is an individual, unique and easily differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. Through the ‘Nemesis System,’ enemy relationships and characteristics are shaped by player actions and decisions which help to create personal archenemies that remember and adapt to the player that are distinct to every gameplay session. Gamers are able to craft their own battles, enemies and rewards within the dynamic world that remembers and adapts to their choices, which helps to deliver a unique experience to every player.


Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is currently under development by Monolith Productions and the team have collaborated with Middle-earth Enterprises, Peter Jackson and the artists at Weta Workshop are on-hand to ensure that the settings, characters and story align authentically within canon. You can view more information relating to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at, and


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