Monolith Productions have released a trailer for the upcoming Lord of the Rings game Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Published by Warner Bros. the game will bridge the gap between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, providing deeper backstory.
First announced in 2013, Shadow of Mordor is an action role-playing game where players can traverse a large open world while battling with fast-paced combat. It sees the player take control of Talion, a ranger from Gondor, who was killed while guarding the Mordor. Revived, he returns to exact his revenge.
The developers have also promised that the game is separate from the Peter Jackson’s film franchise and has its own art style and direction. As a new story it is also separate from the established canon of the books but will align with them meaningfully. Throughout the adventure you will also come across a number of familiar locations and figures such as: The Black Gate, Mount Doom and Gollum.
Warner Bros. acquired the rights to publish games based on the Lord of the Rings franchise in 2012. Previously EA had held the rights and had developed a number of largely underwhelming games based on Peter Jackson’s film trilogy. Since taking over publishing they have already released the MOBA title Guardians of Middle Earth.
As well as releasing the trailer the developer also went into detail about some of the pre-order bonuses that will be available when the game hits store shelves. Those buying from Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Steam will get access to a range of unique items for their character, including runes that provide magical abilities. You can get more information by going to each of the individual store pages.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor launches on 7 October on a variety of platforms including the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.