Shadow of Mordor Won’t Have Multiplayer, Will Skip Wii U Release

The upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel, Shadow of Mordor, won’t include a multiplayer mode and will be skipping a release on Nintendo’s home console, the Wii U.

Developer Monolith Productions confirmed the news on Twitter saying, “Alas, no co-op. Shadow of Mordor is being crafted wholly as a single-player experience.”

Monolith stated that the title will be available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. The studio did not explain as to why exactly Wii U owners won’t be able to play. The platform’s hardware might be to blame, but it is relatively the same, power wise, when compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Shadow of Mordor won’t rely on Tolkien’s and Peter Jackson’s trilogy to tell its story, as it is separate from the main lore we’re used to. Jackson even advised Monolith to ignore the mythology and narrative he established with his three films, and instead to create a whole new story and adventure.

The game will take place exclusively in Mordor, and revolves around a Ranger named Talion who receives wraith abilities. No exact release date was established.