New 'Lord of the Rings' game coming

Daniel Anderson, ClickOnline.com

, Last Updated: 5:23 PM ET

J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth hasn't spawned much in the way of successful video game adaptations. But that's not going to stop developers from continuing to try.

This time, it's Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment who are giving it another go, confirming the existence of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. It's going to be a third person action game set in the world of orcs and hobbit but not based on the specific lore of any of the books to date.

This tale of vengeance and redemption (oooh, original) puts players in the boots of Talion, a ranger who sees his family slaughtered by the might of Sauron. Then Talion himself shuffles off this mortal coil, only to be brought back by the Spirit of Vengeance. Who also gives him some cool powers, like those of the Ring Wraiths.

Revenge is on the cards and Mordor is the goal, with plenty of killing along the way. And we can bet there's some Lord of the Rings tie ins along the way.

Press release stuff follows:

"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," said Samantha Ryan, senior vice president, production and development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "The game introduces new gameplay mechanics to the action genre, creating opportunities for emergent and customized gameplay that will be rewarding for players."

Every enemy that players face is a unique individual, differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. Through the Nemesis System, enemy relationships and characteristics are shaped by player actions and decisions to create personal archenemies that remember and adapt to the player and 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, delivering a unique experience to every player.

Press release stuff ends.

While bringing such a generic revenge story scenario into the typically complex world created by Tolkien seems like a strange notion, it will be refreshing to see a different, potentially more mature, take on the mythos. And while I don't actually understand what the heck this Nemesis System is all about, anything that changes up the stagnant pool of enemy AI in games is something to be welcomed. Then there's the presence of Monolith, who once made glorious first person shooters like No One Lives Forever and F.E.A.R.

So colour us interested. More on the official site. Or at least there will be sometime.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor will hit Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC some time in the future. We're guessing 2014.


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