Announcing Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, a cross-gen action title from Guardians of Middle-Earth developer Monolith Productions. Those are the guys behind Condemned, F.E.A.R. and Gotham City Imposters too. Shadow of Mordor will feature an original story set in Middle-Earth and serve as a sort of prequel to the events of The Lord of the Rings. Prepare for some Middle-Earth grittiness.
Players take on the role of a ranger named Talion. As befits a dark and gritty action game protagonist, Talion's entire family has been murdered by Sauron's forces. Talion himself didn't fare so well either, ultimately being resurrected with "Wraith abilities" and turning them on their masters in vengeance.
Warner Bros. Senior VP of Production and Development Samantha Ryan added the following marketing line with the press release:
"In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, players will explore the dark and very personal theme of vengeance in a world where decisions have a consequence, and those consequences persist even after death. The game introduces new gameplay mechanics to the action genre, creating opportunities for emergent and customized gameplay that will be rewarding for players."
Did you hear that, gamers? Decisions. Consequences. Here we are at next-gen and things haven't changed at all. In addition to this undetailed decision and consequence system, Shadow of Mordor will also feature the "Nemesis System" which tweaks enemy AI based on personality, strengths and weaknesses. This system is said to inevitable help the player build a proper archnemesis over the course of the game.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but no release date or window has been announced. Overall, the project seems a bit larger in scale than Monolith Software has been recently involved in, so let's all cross our fingers and encourage the team to do great work. Who can argue that the world needs more great Lord of the Rings games?
Header image sourced from Game Informer, of which Shadow of Mordor is their December cover story.