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  • Blog Post: November 18: Welcome To The New Release Battleground

    Back in April, I penned a story about the biggest day of the gaming year: October 7 . At the time, that date featured a clash of titans, including Dragon Age: Inquisition, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and Alien: Isolation. As you probably know, a few things have changed. Since then, Dragon Age: Inquisition... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – There's No Shortage Of New IP On The Way

    Complaining about a lack of new IP is a favorite pastime of gamers, and the undercooked launch lineups of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One served up plenty to gripe about. If you're still bemoaning the industry's lack of new IP, however, it's time to find something else to whine about;... More
  • Blog Post: October 7: Circle It On Your Calendar

    In March, we put together a list of days when multiple major titles went head-to-head , vying for your hard-earned money. You know those days because your wallet winces in pain, especially if your choice of games is “all of them.” October 7, 2014, is shaping up to be another one of those... More
  • Blog Post: The Secret Behind Shadow Of Mordor's Rhythmic Combat

    Few game studios have a dedicated composer working within their walls. Senior composer Nathan Grigg has worked alongside director of audio Brian Pamintuan at Monolith Productions for over a decade and their collaborative work style is readily apparent in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The demo of the... More
  • Blog Post: Crafting The Black Lands: The Art Of Shadow Of Mordor

    In The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mordor is a land so corrupt with evil that few even dare speak its name. The Dark Lord Sauron dwells behind its Black Gates, building up power to conquer Middle-earth. The Mordor we revealed in our cover story of Monolith Production’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor... More
  • Blog Post: What Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor Means For Monolith

    Starting in 1997 with a game called Blood, Monolith Productions has focused on first-person experiences but has amassed an incredibly varied game catalogue. Everything from anime-inspired mech combat to bringing the world of The Matrix online, the path of Monolith Productions is unpredictable. Their... More
  • Blog Post: Fallen Fantasy – The Orcs Of Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor

    Shying away from traditional fantasy elements may seem like a strange approach to a game set in Middle-earth, but director of design Michael de Plater and lead writer Christian Cantamessa are building a more grounded and historically-inspired take on Tolkien's world. Your main adversaries in Middle... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring Shadow Of Mordor's Place In Middle-earth

    Update: Shortly after publishing this story filled with conjecture about the events of Middle-earth around the time Shadow of Mordor takes place, the official Twitter account for the game revealed that the game begins "...the night Sauron returns to Mordor." This revelation adds exciting new... More
  • Blog Post: Freedom In Mordor: Middle-earth's Next-Level Sandbox

    After decades working on sports and strategy games, Michael de Plater is leading the effort to put players in to the land of Mordor. As the director of design, de Plater is pulling from his experience focusing on gameplay systems to create the ultimate sandbox world for fans of Middle-earth. While visiting... More
  • Blog Post: Wraith And Ranger: Shadow Of Mordor's Talion

    In Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series, Aragorn and the other Rangers of the North - along with their counterparts in Gondor - have a mysterious and alluring quality. These scouts live off the land and steer clear of the civilizations they silently protect. On the opposite end of Tolkien's good... More
  • Blog Post: Creating The Story Of Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor

    The cover story for the December issue of Game Informer features the gigantic new action game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, you can read about all aspects of the game by checking out the digital version of the magazine . Instead of basing the game on the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit trilogies, Monolith... More
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