The Next Lord of the Rings Game Is A Prequel
Lord of the Rings is returning for next-gen with a brand new prequel in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. It’s an open-world action game set in the time between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, so expect a few new things and a few old. Shadows of Mordor isn’t based off any of JRR Tolkein’s books, but is still in the same universe.
Shadow of Mordor is being developed by the team at Monolith(Guardians of Middle-Earth, FEAR, Condemned), and is being developed for Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Warner Bros. announced the title during the Game Informer cover reveal today, but there isn’t much more information yet. They also stated that there will be more information about Shadows of Mordor in the January issue of Game Informer.
WB’s press release gives us a small look at what we can expect:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, a next-gen, third-person action game set in the legendary Tolkien universe of Middle-earth. In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, players explore an original story of vengeance and redemption as they take control of Talion, a ranger whose family is murdered at the hands of Sauron and his army the night they return to Mordor.
Developed for next-gen consoles, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor introduces the Nemesis System, a powerful and dynamic gameplay mechanic that allows players’ actions to shape enemy relationships and characteristics to create personal and unique story and gameplay arcs that are persistent even after death. Players experience a unique game every time as the dynamic world reacts and adapts to their choices.
The open-world sounds fun, and I’ve always wanted to roam all around Middle-Earth. But I wonder how large they are actually going to make it, since it will likely have to make a few sacrifices to run on current-gen hardware.
What do you think? Had enough time in JRR Tolkein’s universe already or are you ready for more Elves, Dwarves, and Orcs(oh, my)?